The Guided Pathways model creates a highly structured approach to student success. Moreno Valley College is in the process of planning and implementing guided pathways through the California Community College Chancellor's Office IEPI Guided Pathways program.
About Guided Pathways
Guided Pathways are tailored and streamlined academic pathways. They rapidly and equitably advance students seeking associate degrees and transfer through their education in two years or less. Pathways break down barriers and help eliminate long standing equity gaps by encouraging student success along every point of the college experience.
Students depend on California Community Colleges (CCC) for education, career training and social mobility while the State of California depends on CCC for economic improvement and to close the skills gap.
The CCC serve hundreds of thousands of students annually, but persistence, graduation, achievement, and equity rates denote that the colleges are not delivering on their promises of a two-year education.
- 48% of CCC students left without a credential or failed to transfer after six years.
- Of those students who do complete their community college education, earning an associate degree takes them an average of 5.2 years.
- More than 40% of California Community College students are 25 years or older, yet many college are geared toward graduating high school students.
- The CCC system serves more African American and Latinx students than the total undergraduate enrollment of the University of California but achievement and equity gaps stubbornly persist for underserved populations.
- High-need regions like the Inland Empire are not served equitably.
Guided Pathways provide a framework for improving completion by addressing equity, social mobilitiy, and economic health through four pillars:
- Clarify: Create clear curricular pathways to employment and further education.
- Intake: Help students choose and enter their pathway.
- Support: Help students stay on their path.
- Learning: Ensure learning happens with intentional outcomes.
This framework provides all students with a set of clear course-taking patterns that promotes better enrollment decisions and prepares students for future success. The framework also integrates support services in ways that make it easier for students to get the help they need during every step of their community college experience.
Self-Assessment and Evaluation
Moreno Valley College performed a self-assessment of our current services, reach, and our progress toward implementing Guided Pathways. This self-assessment, with feedback from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) will provide MVC with a clear work plan to fulfilling the requirements IEPI Guided Pathways initiative.
MVC's self-assessment and workplan focuses on evaluating and addressing four Key Performance Indicators and fourteen Key Elements:
- Key Performance Indicators (View Evaluation)
- Participation (first-time college students)
- Transferrable math and English completion
- First-term momentum (college credits earned)
- First-year momentum (college credits earned)
- Key Elements (View Evaluation)
- Cross-functional inquiry
- Shared metrics
- Integrated planning
- Inclusive decision-making structures
- Intersegmental alignment
- Guided major and career exploration opportunities
- Improved basic skills
- Clear program requirements
- Proactive and integrated academic and student supports
- Integrated technology infrastructure
- Strategic Professional Development
- Aligned Learning Outcomes
- Assessing and documenting learning
- Applied learning opportunities
MVC has been allocated a total of $937,496 from the IEPI Guided Pathways program over the course of the implementation project. Should less colleges than anticipated participate, this allocation may increase. The allocation will be distributed over a five-year period as follows:
- Year 1: $234,366
- Year 2: $281,239
- Year 3: $234,366
- Year 4: $93,746
- Year 5: $93,746
Implementation and Progress
Moreno Valley College is in the process of planning and implementing Guided Pathways. This planning process has included four areas of focus:
- Degree and certificate mapping
- Connecting fields of interest/study to early career exploration
- College restructuring and growth
- Guided Pathways assessment and planing
To learn about how the Guided Pathways workgroup is identifying and addressing these areas, view the Guided Pathways Workgroup Comprehensive Summary below. Seven schools have been proposed to consolidate multiple fields of interest, as well as an explorer plan for students undecided but considering a field of interest.
MVC's Guided Pathways Workgroup consists of a diverse collection of faculty, staff, students, and administration. This workgroup, and its various task forces, is exploring and planning the guided pathways implementation process, including the creation of academic schools, setting degree pathways, adding additional curriculae, and the introduction of various student-centric degree and course planning tools.
For a summary of current plans, progress, and ongoing initiatives, view the Guided Pathways Workgroup Comprehensive Summary for fall 2018.
The core workgroup provides direction and recommendations for the college's implementation of Guided Pathways as an operational workgroup with supporting taskforces under the direction of Vice President of Academic Affairs.
The Guided Pathways project task forces identify and address the issues and processes related to specific areas on the student experience. MVC's Guided Pathways workgroup has five task forces:
- Onboarding and Career Exploration
- Professional Development
- Program Mapping
- Integrated Planning and Assessment Team
- Intersegmental Task Force
All documentation developed by MVC during Guided Pathways self-assessment, planning, and implementation can be found below. Files are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.
Self-Assessment and Planning
- Moreno Valley College Work Plan, Implementation Timeline, and Allocation Summary
- Moreno Valley College Work Plan Summary
- Key Performance Indicators Evaluation and First-Time College Student Demographics
- Guided Pathways Workgroup Comprehensive Summary - Fall 2018
Implementation and Progress
- Approved: MVC School Structure
- Approved: MVC Fields of Interest
- Draft: Student Success Team Roles
- Survey Results: School Structure - Fall 2019
Presentations and Meeting Slides
The Guided Pathways project at MVC is guided by the following coordinators:
- Mark Figueroa, Ph.D. - Vice President, Planning & Development
The following state and institutional guides and resources were used during planning and implementation of Guided Pathways.
- California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Guided Pathways
- Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College Columbia University
- CCRC: What We Know About Guided Pathways (2015)
- CCRC: Implementing Guided Pathways: Early Insights From AACC Pathways Colleges (2017)
- CCRC: What Do Students Think of Guided Pathways (2017)
- CCRC: What We Are Learning About Guided Pathways
MVC has used the following institutions as references during planning and implementation of Guided Pathways.
- Bakersfield College
- Mt. San Antonio College
- Norco College
- Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
- Pierce College
- Riverside City College