Guided Pathways: Progress Updates


2020-2021 Guided Pathways Year End Report

This report covers the second year of Highline College’s implementation of the Guided Pathways initiative as mandated by the Washington State legislature and the Washington State Board of Community and Technical College (SBCTC). Highline College’s Degree Pathways (Degree Pathways is Highline’s chosen name for its guided pathways program) work began in Spring 2019 to transform our college to be ready for our students, rather than the students ready for college.

The report provides information on the initiative’s background, Highline’s implemtation workplan and work group structure, the GP budget, implementation status, priority areas, and what is next in the process.

2020-2021 Guided Pathways Year End Report (17 pgs.)      Executive Summary (2 pgs,)


Degree Pathways Series Presentations

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The Highline Degree team will be conducting a series of weekly presentations to inform college staff and faculty about what Degree Pathways are and the different elements that go into making it work at Highline. The presentations go from April 15 to June 3, 2021. See the list of presentations below and how you can join them.

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Date/Time:  April 15, 2021   2-2:45 pm 
Presenters: Skyler Roth & Yay-hyung Cho – cover the role of the Research Team in Degree Pathways work, including using of existing college data and areas of additional research
 Presentation Materials        Presentation Recording

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“Let Data Tell Your Story” – Session 1

Date/Time:  April 29, 2021  1-2 pm
Presenter: Amanda Thomas, MBA Interim Director of Workforce Education Green River College –  holds a conversation about looking at data through a different lens and how it affects the work we do.
Presentation Materials

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Pathways Series Questions and Feedback

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Program Mapping

Date/Time:  May 6, 2021  1:45-2:30 pm
Presenter: Liz Word – discusses what program maps are, the elements that comprise them, and how they help students meet their goals of completion or transfer.
Meeting Host: Tanya Powers
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Exploratory Pathway

Date/Time:  May 13, 2021  1:45-2:30 pm
Presenter: Justin Dampeer and Liz Word – describes what the Exploratory Pathway is and how it is designed to help students who are undecided about a program of study to choose one of Highline’s Degree Pathways.
Meeting Host: Gabrielle Bachmeier
Presentation Materials     Presentation Recording

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Pathways Series Questions and Feedback

“Let Data Tell Your Story” – Session 2

Date/Time:  May 20, 2021  3-4 pm
Presenter: Amanda Thomas, MBA Interim Director of Workforce Education Green River College –  holds the second session of a  conversation about looking at data through a different lens and how it affects the work we do.
Meeting Host: Gerie Ventura
No presentation materials available

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Inclusive Pedagogy

Date/Time:  May 27, 2021  Time TBD

Presenter:  Tarisa Matsumoto-Maxfield – discusses “Inclusive Pedagogy”, which according to the Iowa State Univ. Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is “at its core a student-centered approach to teaching that faculty create an inviting and engaging learning environment to all the students with varied backgrounds, learning styles, and physical and cognitive abilities in the classroom.”
Meeting Host: TBD
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Pathways Series Questions and Feedback

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College Intake

Date/Time:  June 3, 2021  Time 2-2:45 pm
Presenters: Shannon Waits & Chantal Carrancho – address the Highline Intake process for students, which is the orientation/intake process that in part helps students to clarify their goals for college and careers and to create an academic plan based on program/degree maps created by the faculty.
Meeting Host: Laurinda Bellinger
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Date/Time:  June 10, 2021  2-2:45 pm  
Presenter: Aleya Dhanji –  addresses the crucial role of Advising in Degree Pathways. Advising is considered one of the Essential Activities in the Pathways model, with one of the goals being to ensure a smooth transition from initial advising to advising in a degree program.
Meeting Host: Marlena Afereti
Presentation Materials      Presentation Recording     4-Phase Advising Model

Pathways Series Questions and Feedback

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Selected List of Objectives by Quarter from the Highline Guided Pathways Implementation Plan

(Note: the Implementation Plan has the complete list of objectives and dates. Some of the included objectives have an assigned date but are also ongoing.)

Spring 2020
  • Revise and approve Highline Pathways (Meta majors) and revise and approve programs within the pathways based on student feedback from fall 2019
  • Redesign New Student Orientation and related pre-enrollment practices
  • Review and revise as necessary learning outcomes for each program, including transfer degrees, and document the process for incorporating industry/partner feedback into professional-technical and BAS program outcomes
Summer 2020
  • ·Convene college success course redesign team; review draft course outcomes; review pathways and programs to determine where it would fit; explore possibilities for piloting redesigned course in 20-21; develop communication and outreach plan to all interested stakeholders
  • Create a resource guide for students, staff, and faculty that includes resources available for students on campus, and as well as resources available in the area (create in both physical and digital versions)
Fall 2020
  • ·Develop a process for using assessments of student achievement of program outcomes to improve educational programs
  • Develop intervention and retention plan for students who are not completing/not enrolled in a subsequent quarter.
Winter 2021
  • Research labor market trends and values; begin discussions of potential new programs or revisions to existing programs
  • Develop a plan to identify gatekeeper courses [courses, in addition to math and English, that students must take to complete the program ]within each program and to determine the level of student performance that is predictive of success in completing that program
Spring 2021
  • ·Develop professional development training for any instructor interested in teaching the college success course and/or the exploratory course sequences
  • Assess entry practices, NSO (New Student Orientation), and Checklist with an anti-oppression, culturally responsive, multilingual, antiracist lens
  • Implement Monthly Training for Advisors (faculty advisors invited)
Summer 2021
  • Begin implementation of chosen student success tools (e.g. CRM, enrollment management, early alert)
  • Assess course impacts, revise course based on feedback from participants
Fall 2021
  • Offer exploratory courses/college success course
  • Faculty teams develop program/degree maps
  • Faculty teams and Student Services teams develop program/degree program maps for advising
  • Design and implement professional learning opportunities aimed at increasing faculty knowledge, expertise, and comfort in implementing supports for students’ social-emotional learning
Winter 2022
  • Design professional learning opportunities for advisors (faculty and staff) to engage in culturally responsive, supportive advising with students who are at risk of falling off their paths.
Spring 2022
  • Review programs and pathways with students in all parts of the curriculum; revise as necessary
  • Implement ctcLink Advisement module to the extent possible
Fall 2022
  •  Implement advising model for all credential seeking students
Winter 2023
  • Survey Highline faculty to identify courses that include high impact practices [research based strategies associated with effective teaching]
Spring 2023
  • Based on survey results, develop targeted professional development opportunities for faculty to ensure that all Highline students experience at least two high impact practices [research based strategies associated with effective teaching] before completing their degrees or certificates
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