Cabrillo College is excited to be one of 20 California community colleges selected to participate in the California Guided Pathways project. The project will help us reduce institutional barriers to student success by providing students with clear roadmaps to achieving their dreams -- from the moment they decide to come to the college to the time they earn a certificate, degree or transfer.

Guided Pathways provides a framework for redesigning college processes that is equity-driven and student centered, scaling up the good work we are already doing so that we can better help all of our students along all of the stages of their educational journey.

What is Guided Pathways? (from Guided Pathways Project Website)

The four dimensions of the Pathways Model, together with essential practices under each, are the following:

1. Define and clarify paths to student goals 

  • Simplify students’ choices with default program maps developed by instructional and counseling faculty that show students a clear pathway to completion, further education and employment in fields of importance to the region. 
  • Establish transfer pathways through alignment of pathway courses and expected learning outcomes with transfer institutions, to optimize applicability of community college credits to university majors.

2. Help students choose and enter a pathway
  • Bridge K12 to higher education by assuring early remediation in the final year of high school through the application of courseware technology in strong K12/higher ed partnerships, such as the TN SAILS model.
  • Redesign traditional remediation as an “on-ramp” to a program of study, which helps students explore academic and career options from the beginning of their college experience, aligns math and other foundation skills coursework with a student’s program of study, and integrates and contextualizes instruction to build academic and non- academic foundation skills throughout the college-level curriculum, particularly in program “gateway” courses.
  • Provide accelerated remediation to help very poorly prepared students succeed in college-level courses as soon as possible. 

3. Help students stay on the path
  • Support students through a strong advising process, embedded and ongoing in the pathway experience and supported by appropriate technology, to help students make informed choices, strengthen clarity about transfer and career opportunities at the end of their chosen college path, ensure they develop an academic plan with predictable schedules, monitor their progress, and intervene when they go off track.
  • Embed academic and non-academic supports throughout students’ programs to promote student learning and persistence.
 4. Ensure that students are learning
  • Establish program-level learning outcomes aligned with the requirements for success in employment and further education in a given field and apply the results of learning outcomes assessment to improve the effectiveness of instruction across programs.
  • Integrate group projects, internships, and other applied learning experiences to enhance instruction and student success in courses across programs of study. 
  • Ensure incorporation of effective teaching practice throughout the pathways.

This overview is excerpted from a longer unpublished document developed by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) and the AACC Pathways Project. 

Pathways Structure at Cabrillo
Cabrillo has structured the work to implement Guided Pathways into the groups shown below:

Guided Pathways, Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003