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What is Guided Pathways?

California Community Colleges Guided Pathways reform is a statewide, student-centered approach that can dramatically increase the number of students earning community college credentials while closing equity gaps.

The Guided Pathways framework creates a highly structured approach to student success that provides all students with a set of clear course-taking patterns that promotes better enrollment decisions and prepares students for future success. The Guided Pathways framework also integrates support services in ways that make it easier for students to get the help they need during every step of their community college experience.

Drawing on research conducted by the Community College Research Center as well as the experience of several national organizations, the national Guided Pathways initiative led by the American Association of Community Colleges grouped the essential, evidence-based practices of Guided Pathways into four dimensions or “Four Pillars”:

  1. Clarify the Path - Create clear curricular pathways for employment and further education.

  2. Enter the Path - Help students choose and enter their pathway.

  3. Stay on the Path - Help students stay on their selected path.

  4. Ensure Learning - Ensure that learning is happening with intentional outcomes.

These pillars serve as an adaptable and informational framework for the statewide program.

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Guided Pathways Projects

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AB 705 and Placement

Learn more about the state mandate and its effect on placement and assessment at FLC.

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Explore FLC's areas of interest to help guide students who are undecided on a major.

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Scheduling and Enrollment

Learn more about the preparation of the college class schedule for each term and view enrollment reports.

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Software Tools

Learn more about the Los Rios-selected software to assist with Guided Pathways and other efforts.

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For more information on the implementation of Guided Pathways at Folsom Lake College and districtwide, please contact the Co-Chairs of the FLC Guided Pathways Design Team:

Carlos Lopez
Dean of Instruction, Rancho Cordova Center
Phone: (916) 361-6330

Monica Pactol
Vice President of Instruction
Phone: (916) 608-6503