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, 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.”

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 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:

Paul Wickline, VP of Instruction

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Dr. 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?” 

Dr. Michele Cruse, Vice President of Student Affairs

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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)

Clark College's 2020-2021 year was the first using our New Guided Pathway Advisory Council (GPAC) structure. We also welcomed a new Interim Vice President of Student Affairs. Overall we funded over 20 projects, created 10 video assets, recruited, train and deployed eight student consultants to be embedded in our work, and developed trainings across the campus for faculty and staff. 

2020-2021 Guided Pathways Highlights

Program Maps

Clark College is the first Washington State Community College to utilize the Concentric Sky’s Program Mapper Software that was developed by the leaders in Guided Pathways in the California State system. Our team has been working Concentric Sky to adapt the system to the specific needs of Washington State Community and Technical Colleges. This process took place in the Spring and Summer in 2021. The 102 program maps will be re-authored in this software in Fall 2021. 

Open Educational Resources (OERs) 

Clark College has been working to increase awareness and application of OERs across faculty, staff and students. From student outreach to a faculty showcase, we've been working to ensure access. We've worked with an OER accessibility specialist to ensure OERs meet accessibility guidelines for equitable access for all. We've worked on faculty development via an OER institute with an emphasis on pedagogy, not just materials. 

Guided Pathways Video Development

Entry Services has developed two culturally relevant orientation videos featuring student stories to the new student on-boarding process.

Two new Transitional Studies videos have been created to highlight overall offerings and a five-student showcase of our ESL program.  

Five new Explainer Videos have been created to coincide with the new student portal within our Get Started website redevelopment project. 

Additional Projects

We also supported and funded projects across:

Running Start
The Program Viability Process
Data Infrustructure 
Pathway Development
K-12 Articulations
GP Student Consultants 
Subplan Data Management
Development of the AoS Success Coach Program
Outreach, marketing and events.

and more!


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.  

2019 & Prior Guided Pathways Highlights 

View the 2019 Pillar Snapshot which is a recording of accomplishments from 2019 and prior. 

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

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.