Week 4 Overview

Week 4: Getting Students on a Path—Guided Pathways Mapping & Metamajors; Understanding Age

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of guided pathways mapping and metamajors, including contextual considerations and limitations.
  • Develop an understanding of how age impacts the community college student experience from an asset-mindset.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate diverse perspectives and navigate the ambiguity and complexity that comes with multiple perspectives, including the ability to reassess one’s own personal perspective when appropriate.

Learning Activities

Students will:

  • Review course assignments and expectations
  • Read/review and incorporate assigned materials
  • Explore the strengths and limitations of guided pathways mapping and metamajor structures
  • Explore how age influences student performance metrics
  • Reflect on personal perceptions of guided pathways mapping and metamajors and the strengths of traditional-age and non-traditional-age student
  • Participate in in-person class sessions on Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th.

Required Reading and Viewing

General Readings

Bailey, T.R., Jaggars, S.S. * Jenkins, D. (2015).  Redesigning America’s community colleges:  A clearer path to student success. Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press. Chapter 2.

Cuyjet, M.J., Howard-Hamilton, M.F. & Cooper, D.L. (2011). Multiculturalism on campus: Theory, models, and practices for understanding diversity and creating inclusion. Sterling, VA: Stylus. Chapter 14.

Guided Pathways Mapping and Metamajors

American Association of Community Colleges. (2016). What is the pathways model? Pathways Institutes Resources. Retrieved from https://www.aacc.nche.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/PathwaysModelDescription1021.pdf (Links to an external site.)

American Association of Community Colleges. (2016). Guided pathways essential practices: Scale of adoption assessment tool. Pathways Institutes Resources. Retrieved from https://www.aacc.nche.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/AACCPathways_Institute-1_PathwaysPracticeScaleofAdoptionAssessment.pdf (Links to an external site.)

Ballinger, M. (2016). AACC pathways institute II: Concurrent session II, presentation I. Retrieved from https://www.aacc.nche.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Restructuring_the_Institution_Marcia_Ballinger.pdf (Links to an external site.)

Garcia, A.J. (2016). Miami Dade College (MDC) processes for program mapping: Faculty leadership for mapping programs. Retrieved from https://www.aacc.nche.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/FacultyLeadershipforMappingPathways_Arlen_Garcia1.pdf (Links to an external site.)

Haskins, J. (2016). How meta-majors guide students toward on-time graduation: Meta-majors help students make smarter choices. Retrieved from https://www.eab.com/daily-briefing/2016/07/26/how-meta-majors-guide-students-toward-on-time-graduation (Links to an external site.)

Jenkins, D.; Lahr, H.; and Fink, J. (2017). Implementing guided pathways: Early insights from the AACC pathways colleges. Retrieved from https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5834c1702e69cfabd9617089/t/591b8c7bd2b8570627125eb4/1494977660077/implementing-guided-pathways.pdf (Links to an external site.)

Johnstone, R. (2015). Guided pathways demystified: Exploring ten commonly asked questions about implementing pathways? Retrieved from https://www.aacc.nche.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Guided_Pathways_Demystified_Johnstone.pdf (Links to an external site.)

Student Age

Apple, D., and Leasure, D. (2019). How raising the bar helps re-entry students succeed. Retrieved from https://evolllution.com/attracting-students/retention/how-raising-the-bar-helps-re-entry-students-succeed-part-1/ (Links to an external site.)

Armbrust, R. (2018). Age as a predictor of student success in community college technical certificate programs. Community Journal of Research and Practice, DOI.

Clark, Q., and Esters, L. (2018). Supporting the entry of older adult students into college classrooms. Retrieved from https://diverseeducation.com/article/114494/ (Links to an external site.)

Labadie, S. (2017). Let’s make child care more accessible. Retrieved from https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2017/07/18/we-need-provide-more-child-care-support-parents-college-essay (Links to an external site.)

Pawlicki, D. (2019). College today: More students are older, working, supporting others. Retrieved from https://www.luminafoundation.org/news-and-views/college-today-more-students-are-older-working-supporting-others (Links to an external site.)

Ross-Gordon, J. (2011). Research on adult learners: Supporting the needs of a student population that is no longer nontraditional. Peer Review, 13(1). Retrieved from https://www.aacu.org/publications-research/periodicals/research-adult-learners-supporting-needs-student-population-no