Matching programs with goals
Four keys to guided pathways
Align with employment and further education
Help students choose a path
Make sure students stay on a path
Ensure students are learning on their path
The big picture
Without guidance, students often end up taking classes that don’t help them achieve their goals. Research shows that many college students are earning credits that don’t count toward their majors, they’re withdrawing from classes, and they’re often unable to transfer their credits. This is costly for our students and our community.
Maricopa Community Colleges is working to make sure our students understand what classes they need to take (and when) to stay on track. Colleges that utilize guided pathways typically see reduced dropout rates, higher graduation rates, increased student retention, and a decrease in students graduating with excess credits.
About Guided Pathways
With guided pathways, we’re making sure that Maricopa’s offerings are aligned with our students’ educational and career goals. This will involve looking at our degree programs across all of our colleges and mapping out course sequences, which help limit confusion among students and help them reach their goals faster. Plus, our faculty will have opportunities to collaborate on curriculum development and to share resources across colleges.
The role of advising
Academic and career advising is essential to ensuring students identify their pathway and stay on track. At Maricopa, we’re moving toward proactive advising, making sure students have an assigned point of contact from the time they start at a Maricopa campus until they transfer or complete their associate degree or certificate. To accomplish this, we’ll add advising staff, establish consistent standards across all of our colleges, and provide comprehensive training for all advisors. In addition, an advising e-tool will help us follow students wherever they may be on their Maricopa journeys.