Guided pathways is a proven framework for planning and implementing scaled changes that improve student outcomes and make them more equitable. Guided pathways calls on colleges to structure education in ways that:
- Focus on the student experience.
- Address longstanding educational inequities.
- Ensure that each student has a clear path to end goals, receives the support they need to get and stay on that path, and leaves fully prepared for post-college success.
NCII has helped shape guided pathways reform since its inception, working directly with hundreds of colleges and collaborating on both state and national efforts. In addition, we currently lead two guided pathways initiatives: California Guided Pathways and the Rural Guided Pathways Project.
Through our work with colleges and these initiatives, NCII has built significant understanding of how colleges approach guided pathways, including choices that contribute to successful implementation and pitfalls to avoid. We help colleges focus on both redesigning the experience for all students and giving historically marginalized students the support they need to feel welcome and thrive. To share this information with the field, we have developed guided pathways resources that focus on addressing common challenges and using guided pathways to advance equity.