Guided Pathways Project
Westchester Community College is one of ten SUNY community colleges participating in the first cohort of the Guided Pathways Project. This is a current partnership between SUNY, the New York State Student Success Center, and Monroe Community College.
The SUNY Guided Pathways Project helps our state’s community colleges design and implement structured academic and career pathways at scale, for all students. Building on national research, led by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), this project is designed to help increase completion rates and student achievement in New York State.
Video by California Community College Chancellor’s Office
What is the Guided Pathways Project?
Guided Pathways is an institutional reform movement happening at community colleges and four-year universities nationwide that focuses on establishing structures and support mechanisms to increase retention and completion rates. Student success research has demonstrated that college students are more likely to complete their degrees in a timely fashion if they choose a program and develop an academic plan early on, have a clear road map of the courses they need to take to complete a credential, and receive guidance and support to help them stay on that plan.
Central to the Guided Pathways approach are:
- the development of structured and coherent program maps that align with students’ career and educational goals,
- early and intentional major and career exploration, and
- and ongoing academic advising and career development. The success of the Guided Pathways Project relies on the ongoing input and collaboration of faculty, staff, advisors, and administrators.
Research on Guided Pathways
SUNY Guided Pathways
The Four Pillars
There are four essential practices within the Guided Pathways approach.
- Mapping pathways to student end goals
- Helping students choose and enter a pathway
- Keeping students on the path
- Ensuring that students are learning
Dr. Michele Campagna
Assistant Dean, Learning Initiatives and Success
Dr. Karen Taylor
Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences