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Guided Pathways @ LAVC

Steering Committee Membership

Barry Gribbons, President
Karen Daar, VP Academic Affairs
Florentino Manzano, VP Student Services
Mike Lee, VP Administrative Services

Guided Pathways Navigators:
Scott Weigand
Rebecca Frank
Barbara Goldberg
June Miyasaki

Rebecca Stein, Pathways Coordinator

Guided Pathways Initiatives (2020-2021: Implementation and Evaluation)

Workgroup Meeting Information

Career and Academic Pathways (CAPs) – first Thursday from 1:00-2:30 pm

Faculty CAP Mentors – first Thursday from 2:30-4:00 pm 

Milestones – fourth Tuesday from 1:00-2:30 pm 

Teaching and Learning Guided Pathways/Senate Committee - TBD

GE Recommendation Workgroup - TBD

See below for more information about each initiative.

Career and Academic Pathways (CAPs) and Completion Teams

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the CAP work group researched best practices for implementing Success teams. This work culminated in a CAP retreat in January 2020 attended by 65 participants and was facilitated by Al Solano and Sean Pepin. At the retreat, CAP Teams discussed CAP identity, learned about promising practices, and brainstormed completion team models. In the afternoon, teams used backwards design principles for logistics of implementation. During the Spring semester 2020, the CAP work group synthesized ideas from the retreat and developed an implementation plan. Campus feedback was solicited through a Town Hall and shared governance. The plan was approved by the Academic Senate in May and IEC in June.

Over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year the CAP work group will commence with training and launching of completion teams, continue with CAP identity development activities, hold professional development for counselors on specific CAPs/disciplines, evaluate and tweak as needed the current CAP structure (e.g., cross-listed areas), and continue to communicate with campus community about the established CAPs. For more information or to join the CAPS workgroup, contact Scott Weigand

CAP Faculty Mentors

Student needs have changed, and so must we. During the 2019-2020 academic year, we studied various colleges that have already reorganized their advising structures in the context of guided pathways implementation. We applied their knowledge and experience to the development of our own faculty mentoring program, and are in the midst of fleshing out the details of such a program. Following is the working mission statement of the program: “Faculty mentoring is a vital component of our students’ journey as they strive to complete their pathway. LAVC CAP Faculty Mentors are instructors and professionals in their field offering valuable information to the student that classroom contact and counseling services may not offer.  Discipline specific mentors aid students in the nuances of an academic major/career path, promote the benefits and value of the pathway and support students in their exploration of academic and career opportunities in the field. Mentors work in tandem with the Counseling Department to ensure students get proper guidance so their education can be efficient and effective.” We are researching funding sources, and will be bringing forth a formal proposal in Fall 2020. We still have a lot of work to do and would benefit greatly from more faculty and student. For more information or to join the Faculty CAP Mentors workgroup, contact June Miyasaki.

College 101

College 101 is our newly developed First-Year Experience course, designed to support students who are navigating our college for the first time. The course outline was finalized by the College 101 workgroup in Fall 2019, approved by the Board of Trustees in Spring 2020, and will be offered to students beginning in Fall 2020. The class helps students develop a sense of belonging and confidence as learners, build their essential academic and critical thinking skills, and continue their exploration of personal and career goals. Data from a variety of sources indicates courses like College 101 help increase student success, retention, and persistence, and help close equity gaps in these measures of success. The coordination of this course, the faculty instructors from diverse disciplines, and the ongoing curriculum development will be lead by Christian Nova for the 2020-2021 academic year. 


To help students stay on the path (Guided Pathways Pillar 3), we are developing academic and non-academic milestones and interventions that are individualized and based upon our equity goals.

Plans for 2020-21 include:

  • Develop an effective Milestone tracking system
  • Package, brand and communicate milestone expectations to students, faculty and staff
  • Tie milestones to Academic Achievement Alert (Early Alert,) Student Services communication plan, new student orientations, College 101 and Counseling Department redesign by CAP
  • Continue to develop interventions for each milestone, keeping equity central
  • Develop and implement evaluation strategies
  • Continue to tweak and refine milestones based upon evaluation data and feedback
  • Implement the Academic Achievement Alert (Early Alert) on a broader scale by encouraging greater faculty participation and creating professional development opportunities
  • Develop a plan recommending how the college will fully implement the Academic Achievement Alert including a process map, staffing and budget.

For more information or to join the Milestones workgroup, contact Barbara Goldberg.

Onboarding Redesign

Onboarding is defined as getting a student from their first point of contact with the college through to census of their first semester and is part of Pillar 2 (helping students enter a pathway). The Onboarding Workgroup has proposed multiple improvements to our onboarding process including:

  • A one-stop Welcome Center (implemented)
  • A redesigned high school outreach process (implemented)
  • A new community outreach plan (partly implemented)
  • Integrating needs assessment and interventions for students into the onboarding process (planning in process)
  • An improved online modularized student orientation (planning in process)

For more information, contact Rebecca Stein.

Program Mapper

Program Mapping is a key part of Guided Pathways Pillar 1 - creating clear pathways for program completion for students. A Program Map is a way of presenting degree requirements and other necessary courses, such as general education, in a semester by semester guide for students. Program Maps help students select courses in an efficient sequence to ensure program completion, prepare for meetings with counselors to tailor their SEP's to individual schedules and needs and discuss classes and programs with faculty advisors as part of their career exploration. Program Maps help faculty and administration plan their course scheduling to ensure program completion and efficiently balance course offerings across disciplines. The LAVC Program Mapper currently shows maps for all programs active in the  2019-2020 Catalog. It will be updated every January and August, to reflect changes to programs. Goals for Fall 2020 are to include all the updated PSLO's in the program maps and to continue expanding the number of program maps with videos about their degrees. Please contact Matt Walsh for further assistance. 

GE Recommendation Guidelines 

One way that some campuses further guide students in selecting courses is to make recommendations for GE options within each major. In the current LAVC program maps, some departments have made recommendations in the GE category for Quantitative Reasoning. Other departments, offering STEM degrees have precisely laid out specific math sequences needed for students in these majors. Starting in Fall 2020, a new workgroup will consider models for GE recommendations used at other campuses, to determine whether LAVC wants to pursue additional recommendations beyond Quantitative Reasoning and determine the guidelines and process our campus will follow. For more information, contact Becky Frank.

Student Success Course Guidelines

Students will be encouraged to complete a student success course as one of their educational milestones. Our campus currently offers several courses that potentially meet this step. This workgroup will consider criteria for defining a student success course, develop for Academic Senate approval a list of courses currently offered, suggest additional courses that could be created by associated departments, and propose additions to program maps that would encourage students to take several student success courses during their time at LAVC. For more information, contact Becky Frank.

Pillar 4 - Ensuring Learning

A new emphasis for 2020-2021 will be on Pillar 4. Projects for this year include:

  • Work with ARC to develop “Academic Toolbox” webpages to be a default link in all canvas shells
  • Work with Academic Senate and Professional Development to:
    • Build a joint Teaching and Learning Committee 
    • Review and update rules on faculty Professional Development and professional responsibilities
    • Support and build professional development opportunities
    • Plan Teach Fest 2021 (coordinate with PD)
  • Work with the SLO coordinators to strengthen PSLO assessment and closing the loop
  • Scale-up opportunities for internships, job shadowing, and informational interviewing (collaborate with the Counseling Workgroup)

Contact Becky Frank for more information.

Agenda - Steering Committee Meetings

The Steering Committee meets the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm.

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