Guided Pathways

We're on a Journey to Transform

Guided Pathways schools are redesigning to make academic-to-career pathways clear for students. It can be challenging for a new student to translate their interests into a career and understand their academic pathway to success. So far, Clark has organized academic choices into six areas of study, or industry clusters, created student-facing program maps for each of Clark’s 100+ degree and certificates and added employment data to each of the program pages.

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.”  At its core, Guided Pathways is aimed at creating structures that lead to student success outcomes including robust learning and opportunities for economic mobility.

Download our 2022 Guided Pathways Vision Overview PDF to share. 

Learn more about Clark College's Guided Pathway Work. Video created by the Clark College Foundation.

Washington State Community and Technical Colleges (WSCTC) is a leader in Guided Pathways reforms. 


Our Guided Pathway Vision 

Clark College, in partnership with AACC, CCRC, and SBCTC Guided Pathways frameworks, 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. Tina Redd, Interim Vice President of Instruction

Dr. Michele Cruse, Vice President of Student Affairs

Vanessa C.K. Neal,  Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Rhianna Johnson, Director of Guided Pathways and Partnerships



The  SBCTC's five Guided Pathways principles:

Principle #1 - Changeable

Guided Pathways requires urgent, radical, equity-minded, transformational organizational change.

Principle #2 Responsive

Guided Pathways requires a culturally responsive commitment to racial and social equity by dismantling systemic policies and practices that perpetuate inequities.

Principle #3 Inclusive

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.

Principle #4 Collaborative

Guided Pathways requires intentional collaborative learning through partnerships, professional and resource development.

Principle #5 Aligned

Guided Pathways requires a focus on learning and outcomes aligned with community values and industry needs.


The Accomplishments of the Clark College faculty and staff, so far (it's a journey)

2022-2023 Guided Pathways Highlights

Clark College has a robust and extensive Guided Pathways framework that will lead to improved student outcomes in the next several years, including the 2022-2024 state plan that was submitted to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in April 2022 and full alignment with the 2022-2024 college-wide Strategic Enrollment Management Plan.  Focus areas include outreach, retention, completion and elimination of equity gaps through holistic student support services and processes and engaging, culturally inclusive classroom environments. These plans were developed through collaboration with multiple campus stakeholders and have been shared in targeted spaces for additional feedback and progress tracking.  

Clark College has developed an inclusive budget project proposal process to allow staff and faculty to put forward innovative ideas related to student success measures.  Additionally, long-term plans also include funding for communications and marketing to improve information dissemination and reporting about Guided Pathways activity to campus constituencies. Finally, Guided Pathways is providing budget support for Assessment and Institutional Research to ensure that the college develops plans and strategies based on effective quantitative and qualitative data tracking, compilation and analysis.

Download our 2022 Guided Pathways Year-End Outcomes presentation for more information. 

View our Guided Pathways Plan and Goals for 2022-2023.

View the 2023 Staff Development Days presentation at this link: 2023-2024 Highlights