We're on a Journey to Transform
Guided Pathways schools are redesigning to make academic-to-career pathways more clear for students. It can be challenging for a new student to translate their interests into a career and understand their academic pathways to success. So far, Clark has organized academic choices into six areas of study, created student-facing program maps for each of Clark’s 100+ degree and certificates and more listed below, under accomplishments.
Guided Pathways also examines the barriers to success that exist for our students. This college-wide effort seeks to locate and close equity gaps through research, quantitative and qualitative data, and pilot programs that test new policy and procedures for the college. Guided Pathways schools embrace a mindset shift from expecting students to be “college ready” to becoming a college that is “student ready.”
Learn more about Clark College's Guided Pathway Work. Video created by the Clark College Foundation.
Washington State Community and Techincal Colleges (WSCTC) is a leader in Guided Pathways reforms.
Our Guided Pathway Vision
Clark College, in partnership with AACC, CCRC, and the State's Guided Pathways effort has aligned our work and vision with a four pillar structure and the State's five guiding principles:
Clark College's Guided Pathways Leadership Team:
Dr. Sachi Horback, Vice President of Instruction
“Guided Pathways is a complete redesign of the way that the college functions from start-to-finish. We are addressing systemic challenges and barriers…that may have kept the students from their ultimate goal which is a family-living wage job.”
Rashida Willard, Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
“Guided Pathways is a framework for the college to lead with racial equity. This means that we are centering the most impacted in our redesign effort. Our biggest disparities are in the category of race, which is proven when data is disaggregated. If we cannot talk about race, how can we fix the disparities that exist?”
Bill Belden, Vice President of Student Affairs
"We are truly transforming all of our programs and services to rethink the whole student experience to eliminate confusion and some of the frustration that students experience…”
The SBCTC's five Guided Pathways principles:
Guided Pathways requires urgent, radical, equity-minded, transformational organizational change.
Guided Pathways requires a culturally responsive commitment to racial and social equity by dismantling systemic policies and practices that perpetuate inequities.
The voices of students, faculty, staff and community members are essential to fully engage in adaptive problem focused inquiry processes leading to meaningful action and sustained systemic change.
Guided Pathways requires intentional collaborative learning through partnerships, professional and resource development.
Guided Pathways requires a focus on learning and outcomes aligned with community values and industry needs.
Clark College's four-pillar committee structure led reform efforts until Spring 2020. This list showcases their collaborative efforts that resulted from their determination to transform Clark College into an place that centers students from systemically non-dominate groups and works to align degree programs with careers that result in economic mobility for our students.
Development of six Areas of Study (AOS) to cluster 100+ degree and certificates into meta-major groups.
Growth and development of diversity, equity and inclusion tools and trainings across the campus.
New student experience tracking of the current onboarding process and the addition of enrollment navigators.
Leader in the state and first college to use co-requisite remediation program (CRR).
Departmental reorganization to begin a data collection and reporting transformation to better analyze the student experience with disaggregated data.
Held a Pop-Up Advising event and will expand intentional advising opportunities for current students.
Development and implementation of student-facing program maps.
Self-placement option for English 101 and the simplification of math pathways for incoming students.
Student-first focused guided pathways website enhancements across Clark.edu.
The development of the three-phase MyPlan by Career Services to help guide new students learn and establish their academic, career, and financial plans at orientation, through College 101 and self-directed appointments.
I-Best model of instruction in four areas of study.