A road map to Guided Pathways

What are Guided Pathways?

Guided Pathways simplifies choices for students. Courses are grouped together to form clear paths through college and into careers, whether students enter those careers directly after graduation or transfer to a university for more study in their chosen fields. Students get intensive, targeted advising to choose a path, stay on the path, learn what they need to know and graduate. (Source: Washington Board for Community and Technical Colleges)  

Four pillars are the foundation of Guided Pathways –

  1. Clarify the path – create clear curricular pathways to 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 path
  4. Ensure learning – ensure that learning is happening with intentional outcomes

When did they start?

While elements of Guided Pathways have been instituted across the United States for a couple decades, the movement has become more widespread in the last ten years. Currently, six of Oregon’s seventeen community colleges have implemented or are implementing Guided Pathways, Linn-Benton Community College being the first.

Chemeketa joined a cohort with four other Oregon community colleges (Clackamas, Lane, Rogue and Southwestern) fall 2018 to make Guided Pathways a culture change at each institution within five years. However, developmental education redesign work, a necessary change before other Guided Pathways work can begin, started in Oregon in 2011-12.

Another four Oregon community colleges are joining the effort this spring (Portland Community College, Tillamook Bay, Umpqua and Klamath).

What’s going on with them currently?

At Chemeketa there are six workgroups underway or in the process of being developed to work on aspects of Guided Pathways-

  1. Academic Support –Identify and design the support students need to get on a pathway and stay on the path
  2. Assessment & Institution Research –Identify key indicators and measures to be used for tracking outcomes and progress of Guided Pathways
  3. Design –Create clear terminology, nomenclature and definitions for Chemeketa’s Guided Pathways components and processes and recommend the look and feel of Guided Pathways
  4. Mapping & Meta-Majors –Establish a clear view of which classes students need to take each term, based upon major and transfer university; establish the career the student wants to go into and the course of study and luster similar programs of study into meta-majors
  5. Pre-Pathway Initiatives –Identify and design a pathway for underprepared students to get on a pathway and stay on the path
  6. Student Experience – Establish guidance and support for onboarding students and ensuring students stay on track

When will they be implemented?

The process of designing and implementing Guided Pathways at Chemeketa is dynamic, taking four or five years.  


Concurrent work on:
-Program maps
-Academic advising/coaching

Concurrent work on:
-Program maps
-Academic advising/coaching
-Meta-majors and maps published in catalog
-Work with transfer institutions and career communities

-Assess data on student learning and completion rates
-Systematic review and revision process
-Implementation and revisions continue

How will they impact students?

Foundational to Guided Pathways is equity. Chemeketa is building a system and using data analysis to make sure all students succeed on their educational and career goals at equal rates.

For more information

There are three Guided Pathways Steering Committee meetings scheduled during the rest of this academic year at which detailed workgroup updates will be shared.

Please feel free to join us
Thursdays, April 11, May 23 and June 13
1:30-2:30 pm (updates) and 2:30-3 pm (questions)
Bldg 8/201
Refreshments will be provided

Additional information is also posted on the Guided Pathways Dashboard site.