Guided Pathways

Guided Pathways Insights & Updates

Guided Pathways Insights & Updates

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Read the Communication plan for Guided Pathways:  file icon.Guided Pathways-Overall_Comm_Plan.pdf

Guided pathways reform is a student-centered approach that can dramatically increase the number of students earning community college credentials while closing equity gaps. Rather than work with a subset of students, Guided Pathways is a college-wide undertaking that provides a framework for integrating California-based initiatives such as SSSP, Equity, Basic Skills Transformation, the Strong Workforce Program, and California College Promise.

Guided pathways provide students with clear, educationally coherent program maps that include specific course sequences, progress milestones, and program learning outcomes.

These maps are aligned with the knowledge and skills required by four-year institutions and the labor market, thus ensuring that students can continue their studies and advance in their careers.

The maps help to simplify decision-making for students by providing intentional opportunities for exploration and informed choices. Students are helped from the start to understand academic and career options, choose a program of study, and develop a plan based on the program maps.

These plans enable colleges to provide predictable schedules, frequent feedback, and embedded, discipline-specific support to help students stay on track and complete their programs more efficiently.

They also facilitate efforts by faculty to ensure that students are building knowledge and skills within and across programs that will allow them to succeed in further education and on the job.



All Cosumnes River College students deserve an institution where they are empowered to improve the cultural, social economic, and environmental health of their communities. To do so, we must be successful in implementing guided pathways to simplify their navigation to completion and their approach to resources. Our student success data – across every indicator – demonstrate our current methods are not effective. Furthermore, students who are traditionally disadvantaged in higher education, fair no better at our College. The California Community College system places a high value on college access and as a result, CRC students are provided with access to the multitude of options we offer to help them be successful. Unfortunately, the traditional cafeteria-style of providing a college education to students is not an effective one in making them successful. We must make an institutional and cultural transformation on how the College currently conducts business in order to guide our students to be successful. At CRC, we proudly proclaim that diversity is our strength and we approach the work of guided pathways as our equity work; we shall design and implement guided pathways with great care and intention in order to close the achievement gaps without compromising rigor. We seek to empower a wider range of diverse students to succeed in higher education and career opportunities.

And we need to do this for our students:

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Click on the photo above to see/hear from our students.


Spring 2018 Address by President Edward Bush

Guided Pathways Address by Dr. Bush

Click on the photo above to see/hear from Dr. Bush.

Introducing the College Redesign - Career and Academic Communities

Intro to CAC-GP

Click on the photo above to watch the video.


CRC Guided Pathways Tri-Chairs:

Alex Casareno, Dean of Guided Pathways (casarea (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu

Tiffany ClarkSupervisor, Elk Grove Center (ClarkT2 (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu)

Dana Wu Wassmer, Nutrition Professor, Chair of Allied Health Programs (wassmed (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu)

Do you have a question about Guided Pathways?  Submit your questions to: 

crc-guidedpathways (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu  

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DRAFT of the District-wide Shared Design Principles for Guided Pathways

DRAFT of the District-wide Shared Design Principles for Guided Pathways

Overarching Principles

These shared principles are aspirational, not prescriptive.  They describe who we are trying to become and include flexibility for exceptions.

Our Districtwide Guided Pathways Work:

  • Puts students first
  • Focuses on equity
  • Values effective, timely communication
  • Values relationships
  • Is collaborative
  • Is led by faculty and classified professionals and is supported by administration, with input from students
  • Is structured to foster timely completion
  • Is fully resourced
  • Reflects and values the unique cultures and communities of each of the colleges

Our Goals Are To:

  • Connect students early and often to the people, programs, and services they need to succeed
  • Simplify the student experience by removing barriers and providing clear, consistent, and timely messages to students
  • Encourage career/major exploration early and often so that students make more informed decisions
  • Provide personalized, proactive support to students to help them find an educational path and stay on it
  • Create scalable and sustainable solutions

Read the complete document file icon.LRCCD_Guided_Pathways_Design_Principles_S19_v2.pdf.

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Faculty Forum on General Education Alignment - Oct. 5, 2018

The California Guided Pathways Project

The California Guided Pathways Project


The California Guided Pathways Project will help 20 California community colleges implement an integrated, institution-wide approach to student success by creating structured educational experiences that support each student from point of entry to [the] attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials and careers.  ~ CGPP (


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Work We Have Completed:

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CCCCO Guided Pathways

CCCCO Guided Pathways

The California Community Colleges Guided Pathways is a multi-year state program designed to provide all California Community Colleges with the opportunity to implement Guided Pathways for the purpose of significantly improving student outcomes.  

The State of California’s $150 million one-time investment in the Guided Pathways Award Program will give each of our 114 colleges the opportunity to begin implementation of the Guided Pathways framework. This investment will support an intensive five-year planning and implementation process at each participating college. Using the Guided Pathways framework, colleges will rethink and redesign programs and services into cohesive, campus-wide strategies to achieve the outcomes expected by the state, our system, and our students.

The FAQ about the CCCCO Guided Pathways:  file icon.Guided_Pathways_Program_FAQs_-_9_5_17.pdf

Presentation to Academic Senate:  file icon.academic_senate_IEPI_GP_funding_10.27.pdf

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Campus Conversations

Campus Conversations

Center for Professional Development


Student Conversation Regarding Choosing General Education Courses and Major.

Feb. 22, 2018, Recital Hall.  Session Notes:   file icon.Campus_Student_Conversation_Choosing_GE_Major_2-22-18.pdf

Figuring out which courses to take can be confusing. CRC wants to change the way it recommends courses to students so that you can save time and save money. The college already lets you know what courses you need to take to complete a major. Now, the college needs a process to let you know which specific General Education (GE) courses you should consider given your major. The goal is to provide all students with a complete set of recommendations as to which courses you should take, (and in what order), so that you can more easily, and efficiently, complete your degree or transfer pattern. But, before the college decides how to go about recommending specific GE courses to you, it seems like a good idea to understand how students currently choose GE courses. It also seems like a good idea to understand how you currently choose your major. Join other CRC students in a campus conversation about picking GE courses and picking your major. Hear how other students make their choices, and let the college know how you make your choices.

Campus Conversations Flyer

The Center for Professional Development organized two events on campus:  Student Conversation--What Do Our Students Really Need? and Employee Conversation--Pathways and the Importance of Employee Relationships.  

file icon.Campus_Conversations_Flyer_Oct_2017.pdf

Notes from the Student Conversation:  file icon.Student_Campus_Conversation_Oct_2017_final.pdf

Notes from the Employees Relationship Conversation:  file icon.Campus_Conversations_Pathways_Employee_Relations_Notes_10-26-17.pdf



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CRC CASSL Colloquium on Guided Pathways

CRC CASSL Colloquium on Guided Pathways

Cover: Redesigning America's Community Colleges in HARDCOVER On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Dr. Davis Jenkins, co-author of Redesigning America's Community Colleges, was the honored speaker at the annual CASSL Colloquium. Over 100 students, staff, faculty, and managers from Cosumnes River College, American River College, and Sacramento City College were on-hand as Davis built a strong case for transforming how colleges can better meet the needs of students by transforming from a "cafeteria college" to a "guided pathways college." Foremost in the development of guided pathways is the goal of addressing common expectations of students including: understanding what career and educational paths and options the college experience offers them, how long it would take and how much would it cost to attend college, and where students can get the necessary (and good) information needed to make informed decisions. 

During his presentation, Davis emphasized the intentionality of building guided pathways that will work for CRC and for each individual community college involved in transforming how best to allow for student access, persistence, and success. Starting with end goals in mind, the intentional work of building guided pathways includes:
  1. Clarifying and building program maps that lead to tangible outcomes of specific career opportunities and/or clear transfer options.
  2. Redesigning how the college invites students into its programs with a focus on exploring available career and college options from the start, including partnering with k-12 schools to allow students to explore possible pathways to success before even entering college.
  3. Keeping students on their chosen specific pathways including how the college provides support services, and how the college counsel students to reach their goals.
  4. Ensuring that learning occurs through a focus on specific outcomes, contextualizing and/or rethinking general education so that GE means something for students beyond a number of units they must take.
In his presentation, Davis provided a variety of examples of how community colleges across the nation have built guided pathways. Based upon what he knows of the work that CRC has completed so far in our transformation to guided pathways, Davis is optimistic that CRC is on the right "path" to success. 
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Cosumnes River College Guided Pathway Summit April 28, 2017

Cosumnes River College Guided Pathway Summit April 28, 2017

On Friday, April 28, 80 faculty, staff and administrators attended a Guided Pathways Summit where the focus was on how learning what guided pathways are, why they are needed at CRC, and what we need to consider as the College moves forward in deliberately designing opportunities for students to transition into CRC knowing how they can succeed while here with a focus on successfully completing on-time.

Friday morning included a focus on CRC programs that have already begun the process of building pathways for students: Pharmacy Technology, First Year Experience, ESL, and Nutrition and Foods. Participants also joined in a Zoom Conference call with Professors Nick Strobel and Jessica Wojtysiak of Bakersfield College. Nick and Jessica spoke about why Bakersfield College joined the Guided Pathways Initiative of the American Association of Community Colleges. Years of students failing to matriculate to college-level courses and then graduate were very motivating factors to change the way the college schedules instruction. Following the conference call with Professors Strobel and Wojtysiak, President Ed Bush spoke about how he knows that CRC is ready for this work, that in reality, we have been heading towards this work for a couple of years, and how proud he is to lead a college so dedicated to always improving. Prior to the morning breakout session, Sabrina Sencil reviewed what has happened at CRC to bring us to the point of engaging in designing guided pathways and joining the California Guided Pathways Project. Sabrina also reviewed CRC’s persistence and success rates that would explain why guided pathways are needed. The morning ended with participants designing an educational plan that would allow a typical student attending full-time to earn a degree on-time. Only one group was able to complete the task in the time allotted during the breakout session; that group was able to have the student graduate with an AA-T in Sociology after five semesters (including a summer). Another group discovered that for a Veteran student who would probably prefer to take on-ground classes, a fully on-line degree program would probably not be viable.
In the afternoon, participants broke into four groups to take inventory of how the College currently provides clear pathways for students, how the College allows students to enter a pathway with a focus while providing appropriate support on the pathways so that learning on the path is maximized.


The day ended with a brief question and answer period. Several questions were written down during the day; because of the complexity of the written questions, responses will be published on the Google Site Developing Guided Pathways at CRC. Notes from the morning and afternoon breakout sessions also will be made available on the Google Site. (This Google site is still available, but the information has been transferred to this Guided Pathways webpage--see "4 Pillars of Guided Pathways".)
Notes from the Summit:  
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CRC Selected to Participate in the California Guided Pathways Project

CRC Selected to Participate in the California Guided Pathways Project

On April 6, Cosumnes River College received the good news that it has been selected as one of the 20 California community colleges that will take part in the California Guided Pathways Project during the next two academic years (2017 – 2019). Membership in the Project will provide CRC structured support as the College undertakes the work of developing and setting students on specific paths built upon comprehensive program plans with clear success milestones and learning outcomes that align with, and map to, the expectations of our transfer university partners and the needs of the workforce.

Participation in the California Guided Pathways Project includes a College commitment to: 

  • restructuring how the College delivers academic programs and students services to all incoming students, 
  • aligning curriculum and mapping of courses, academic programs, and learning outcomes to university transfer needs and workforce needs, 
  • implementing focused professional developed for faculty, staff, and administration in support of developing guided pathways, 
  • working with a Project coach to help implement various aspects of comprehensive guided pathways reform, 
  • attendance of a designated core team of administrators, faculty, and staff at six guided pathways working meetings over the next two years 
  • formative evaluation of the project and collection of data on for specific metrics of student success identified by the Project.

CRC began drafting its application to the California Guided Pathways Project after CRC faculty and staff, who attended the IEPI Guided Pathways Workshop on December 7/8, articulated specific goals for guided pathways at CRC. Prior to submission of the application, Academic Senate provided extensive feedback and input which resulted in what the Project has admitted was an exceptionally strong application. CRC’s goals for guided pathways implementation include: 

  • Placing  every student in a cohort or house, with cohorts mapped to careers/meta-majors/academic clusters
  • Identifying the academic and student support services needed within each cohort or house.
  • Exploring the Educational Planning Initiative, and other technology, to give employees, including instructional faculty, a student profile view, and to give students a clear dashboard of their programs, their future schedule of classes, and an opportunity to explore different scenarios of what on-time completion could look like given the needs, desires, and attendance plans of the individual student.

file icon.CA GP Comm College Selected 2017

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