The Key to Guided Pathways: You Need to Get Started
Ricky Tompkins and Tom Shaver, The EvoLLLution
Higher education’s promise is being undercut by low completion rates—especially among less-advantaged Americans who could benefit the most from education and training beyond high school. At the same time, students who are able to earn a degree often waste significant time and money. On average, community college graduates earn 22 credit hours more than needed.
Guided pathways have emerged as a promising strategy to increase on-time completion, with broad support from states, foundations, and institutions. Research continues to validate the idea that students are more likely to graduate if they have a clear path—or degree map—rather than being asked to choose from among a vast array of courses.