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AB 705:  Effective January 1, 2018, state legislation requiring California Community Colleges to maximize the probability that a student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and math within a one-year timeframe and use, in the placement of students into English and math courses, one or more of the following: high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average.

Academic Plan:  Individualized plans of classes for all of students' semesters based on achieving a degree or certificate and customized according to students' needs.

Co-curricular Activities:  Recommended activities in which students should be engaged to assist in their academic and career goals.  These activities should be included in the program map for each certificate or degree.  Examples of co-curricular activities include seeing a counselor, petitioning for graduation, joining a club, seeking internships, etc.

Cross-functional:  An approach to college planning that includes input from administrators, content faculty, counselors, classified staff, and students.

Design Team:  A Design Team is a cross-functional collaborative body, led by the design team co-leads (one faculty coordinator and one administrator), and comprised of faculty, staff, students and administrators, that serves as a point of integration for all efforts of the Comprehensive Redesign. Specifically, the design team includes the co-leads as well as representatives from: the inquiry and work teams, the shared governance bodies at Orange Coast College, various campus programs, and from the logistics and communication team.

Design Team Pathways:  A work group to develop "meta-majors" or curricular pathways that are aligned with employment goals or future educational goals.  Once the clusters are determined, programs and courses will be mapped to the pathways. 

Design Team Interventions Strategies:  A work group to examine support structures to keep students on their path. Technology and programs will be evaluated from early alert at the course level through meeting their goals within their pathways and programs.

Design Team Onboarding:  A work group to review all aspects from outreach, applications processes, registration, orientation placement and Ed-plans. Once the curricular pathways are determined, onboarding will be aligned to these mapped clusters.

Faculty Coordinator:  Faculty member designated by the Academic Senate and administration to lead the Guided Pathways Design Team efforts. Along an administrator, the Faculty coordinator convenes bi-monthly Core Team and monthly Design Team meetings.

Four Pillars of Guided Pathways:

  • Create clear curricular pathways to employment and further education.
  • Help students choose and enter their pathway.
  • Help students stay on the path.
  • Ensure that learning is happening with intentional outcomes.

Guided Pathway:  A guided pathway integrates student services, the learning commons and instruction to create a cohesive student experience toward their educational goal.

Specifically, a guided pathway includes:

  • Onboard processes that help students successfully transition into their college experience
  • Structured acclimation to college for concurrent and dual enrollment students
  • Intake processes that help students clarify goals for college and careers
  • Intentional course sequences with clearly defined career and academic milestones
  • Affirmative counseling, academic support and strategies on students' progress throughout their educational journey

Guided Pathways Work Plan:  Document prepared by the College and submitted to the State Chancellor's Office as a requirement for Guided Pathways funding. The plan includes tasks to be completed over the first 18 months of implementation, through summer 2019.

Interest Area:  A collection of academic programs that have common or related content.  Allows students to:

  • Make academic progress while they decide on a specific program of study
  • Reduce the amount of units students have to take that do not help toward their goal progress
  • Provide support to help students determine and refine goal during the first semester

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):  A set of metrics designed to measure students' progress through milestones on his or her pathway.  KPIs will be used to monitor the effectiveness of the Guided Pathways initiative.

Meta Major:  A grouping of related fields of study designed to simplify the process of selecting a major.

Multiple Measures:  Utilizing multiple methods of assessment to determine placement into transfer-level math and English courses for incoming college students (see AB 705 above). 

Pirates' Promise Program:  The Pirates' Promise Program makes college more affordable and ensures that higher education is achievable for first-time, full-time students in the program.

Specifically, the Promise Scholars Program includes support for:

  • Cost of students' fees not already covered by their financial aid award
  • Access to Textbook vouchers/support
  • Dedicated and individualized counseling support and student engagement

Program Maps:  A descriptive and easy-to-use plan detailing the scope and sequence of courses required to complete a certificate or program and transition to baccalaureate degree programs or the labor market. Includes the route a student takes to connect with, enter, progress through, and complete his or her program of study, as well as, the skills they need to acquire for the labor market they will enter after their certificate or associate, baccalaureate degree, or graduate degree.

Task Force:  Cross-functional task force which meets on a bi-monthly basis to guide the overall Guided Pathways activities on the campus. This committee includes four faculty (three design team coordinators and the Curriculum chair), three administrators (VPSS, VPI, and Dean of Student Success), and three non-voting administrators (administrative leads for each design team).