Guided Pathways E-Newsletter 11/17/22

Thur Nov 17, 2022. Ninth edition

COL 101 Update

After 18 months of design, pilot, and redesign, we launched our new COL 101 course this Fall. We have over 120 students enrolled across 6 sections; this strong turnout was due in great part to the efforts of our Academic Advisors and the Outreach and Recruitment team. 

Contrary to common expectations, COL 101 does not emphasize study skills. It is focused on the following learning outcomes (these are descriptive, not verbatim):

  • Helping students explore their interests, values, and strengths, identifying life goals, and then matching these to academic paths
  • Developing students’ knowledge of and confidence using various college resources
  • Developing a strong sense of belonging and interdependence
  • Developing students’ skills with regard to time management, reflection, self-advocacy and autonomy

We have a team of instructors who come from different disciplines, all of whom have experience teaching these kinds of courses. They all completed a common “onboarding” process, and their courses all use a set of common tasks, including a summative assessment. The instructors meet and communicate regularly to share ideas and resources. as well. Our hope is to grow a robust multidisciplinary team of dedicated faculty who take turns teaching this course. Please reach out if you are intrigued!

What to read the full edition? Contact Brigid Nulty to subscribe to the Guided Pathways Newsletter!

What is this Newsletter for? 

This newsletter is an effort to keep campus employees informed of our Guided Pathways-related efforts, to share stories from projects, and address questions. It is intended to complement our Canvas site, our update reports, and any webinars that we may offer.

Guided Pathways Newsletter 10/20/22

Thursday, Oct 20, 2022. Eighth edition


Data data data

Those of you who responded to the “what topics for future newsletters?” survey indicated that you wanted to learn more about retention patterns. Well, I have lots of information and resources for you!

What we found:

  • Our retention rates are decreasing. While our overall numbers have been better than our peers’, it seems we are on a decline while they are either flat or getting better.
  • Part-time students are not as well retained as full-time students.
  • We have inequities in our retention rates. Generally, Asian American students are retained at the highest rate, while Black/African American students are poorly retained. White and Latinx retention rates are similar to each other. (Note: The data is a bit complicated, possibly reflecting year-to-year variability in Hispanic/Latinx enrollments. Also, our enrollment numbers for Pacific Islander students and Native American students are frequently too small to report.. Our selected peers have these same problems.)
  • When retention rates are disaggregated by race/ethnicity and by degree type, it appears that students are more likely to be retained in prof-technical programs than in transfer programs. 

You can see graphs of some of this information, here. You can also play around with the data yourself, using the State Board’s “FTEC” dashboard. 

What is this Newsletter for? 

This newsletter is an effort to keep campus employees informed of our Guided Pathways-related efforts, to share stories from projects, and address questions. It is intended to complement our Canvas site, our update reports, and any webinars that we may offer.

What to read the full edition? Contact Brigid Nulty to subscribe to the Guided Pathways Newsletter!

GP e-Newsletter 7th edition Sept 21, 2022

Guided Pathways E-Newsletter  

Tuesday, Sept 21, 2022. Seventh edition

What is this Newsletter for? 

This newsletter is an effort to keep campus employees informed of our Guided Pathways-related efforts, to share stories from projects, and address questions. It is intended to complement our Canvas site, our update reports, and any webinars that we may offer.

We have so much to talk about! 

Lots of exciting progress on Guided Pathways-related efforts!  In this edition, I’ll give you just a few teasers and invite you to let me know what topics you’d like some more in-depth coverage.

Our new Areas of Study Shoreline Pathways After two years of careful research, focus groups, and testing, we announced in Spring 2022 that we had a new structure for how we organize our degrees and certificates. Our hope is that the new Shoreline Pathways will “go live” on the web by the end of December. Amy and Ann will present a refresher during Opening Week and introduce what comes next for course sequencing.

Career Center opening

This Fall term will be a “soft launch” of a new Career Center located on the main floor (level 2) of the PUB. During Fall we are relying on skilled volunteers to welcome students and help them make use of the online resources available. We will also use Fall to find our first full-time dedicated staff members: a Career Center Manager and an Internship Coordinator. Drop by! We’ll be part of the Open House activity mid-day on Monday Sept 26.

Our new New Student OrientationSundi has been hard at work developing a vibrant “post-COVID” New Student Orientation. The first offerings are this September (21 and 26). We look forward to learning what works and how we can improve and scale up participation in this valuable experience.

COL 101: College and Career Success

After a careful process of design, pilot, and redesign we are beginning a scale-up of a new course. This 3-credit class is open to all but is especially designed for students who are new to college and planning a general transfer degree or are undecided about their goals. We have a great team of instructors who are creating a rich, student-centered learning experience. (As part of this effort, we’ve created a resource library, available to all.)

Entering Year 3 of Revising our all-college General Education Shoreline Student Learning Outcomes

It’s been a methodical and thoughtful road so far, and this will be a roll-up-your-sleeves and get-deep-in-the-writing kind of year for our new SSLOs. We have five “topics”, and the work ahead is to craft the particular language and ensure that each one is assessable. Learn more about learning outcomes assessment at either of two sessions planned during Opening Week

Opening Week 

Check out posters in the Main Dining Room and attend sessions about GP-specific efforts

  • I’m offering a high-level review and preview, Friday 10am
  • Ann and Amy will talk more about our new Shoreline Pathways and introduce a new phase of the project: creating course sequences for every degree. Friday 11am
  • Romina and Baya will host a highly interactive session to introduce folks to a slick new Learning Outcomes resource site. They promise prizes! Friday 2pm. (look for “Scavenger Hunt”)
  • Chippi and Moriah will bring you up to speed on our two Title III federal grants, both of which closely align with the principles of Guided Pathways. Friday 3pm.
  • Romina will offer a session especially on course learning outcomes assessment. Monday, 3pm

There are so many other sessions that look really cool! I’ll have a hard time choosing.

Get involved!

Several projects welcome contributors and/or leads. In particular:

  • We welcome applications from faculty members who are interested in helping lead our “course sequencing” projects. Details about this work have been sent to the faculty list, but you can also contact your Associate Dean.
  • We welcome applications from faculty members who are interested in facilitating the Inclusive Pedagogy Institute this year. Details have been sent to the faculty list, but you can also contact me for more information.
  • We are keen to put together a workgroup this Fall to design a sustainable, coherent approach to elevating student voices. If you are interested in this work, please contact Cheryl Allendoerfer.

What would you like me to cover in future Fall newsletters? 

Feel free to vote!

Have questions?

Check out the GP Canvas site.

I will be holding virtual drop-in office hours on Wednesdays from 4 – 4:45pm. Zoom (starting Sept 28)

BRIGID NULTY

She/Her

Director of Guided Pathways

Shoreline Community College

www.shoreline.edu

Virtual office hours for campus employees:

Wednesdays 4 – 4:45pm, Zoom

Guided Pathways Project Update: Shoreline Pathways

Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to announce important progress on a signature element of Shoreline’s Guided Pathways (GP) efforts. A key tenet of GP is to make it easier for prospective students who visit a college website to find an academic path they wish to pursue. 

To this end, over the past two years, Amy Kinsel, Maya Smorodinsky, and Ann Garnsey-Harter have led a team that conducted extensive research, engaged interest holders, and gathered feedback to determine how best to group Shoreline’s academic degrees into categories that are meaningful to prospective students. Thank you to the faculty, staff, administrators, current students, and demographically appropriate prospective students who participated in this process.  


Based on research results and with the approval and support from VP-SLES Phillip King, the College now will implement nine (9) Shoreline Pathways. In the new design, seven (7) pathways contain college-level degrees and certificates, one (1) pathway contains pre-college degrees, and a final pathway is devoted to students who need time to explore their academic options before they settle on any one path. 


The College’s website will be revised to reflect this new model during the AY 2022-23. This pathways redesign is a critical step in rethinking how Shoreline engages new students as they join our college. Our overall GP goal includes revising student onboarding, intake, advising, placement, and degree planning to support students to find their academic paths and complete Shoreline degrees. 


You can learn more about this effort and the specifics of the new model by reading the announcement in DAAG or visiting the GP informational site in Canvas. 

Sincerely,

Steve Hanson
Interim President
Office of the President

Guided Pathways E-Newsletter

Thursday June 16, 2022. Seventh edition

Spotlight: Unveiling Shoreline Pathways 

A signature element of Guided Pathways (GP) is making it as easy as possible for prospective students to find and understand the academic pathways available to them at each of Washington’s community and technical colleges.  

Since 2019, Shoreline has grouped its disciplines and degrees on the College website into five (5) areas of study. These categories represent an early effort to use basic Guided Pathways principles to organize academic information. 

The Work of the Past Two (2) Years 

Starting in 2020, members of Shoreline’s GP team have applied a methodical and systematic approach to Guided Pathways work, including re-examining our areas of study. 

For two years a small team, led by Amy Kinsel, Maya Smorodinsky, and Ann Garnsey-Harter, has been researching best practices in designing and implementing academic pathways, reviewing models at peer institutions, running workshops with faculty and staff, developing and testing prototypes, listening to student voices, and collecting and assessing feedback from demographically appropriate prospective students. This extensive research has informed a regrouping of the College’s discipline and degree categories from five (5) “areas of study” into nine (9) “Shoreline Pathways.”  

Shoreline Pathways 

We will soon begin the work to redesign the College website to display nine (9) Shoreline Pathways. Each Pathway will contain a set of degrees and certificates grouped in ways that make sense to prospective students. 

Functionally, these are still categories of degrees and certificates. These changes do not reflect nor affect how we organize our people and departments and divisions internally. 

In the new design, seven (7) of the Shoreline Pathways contain college-level degrees and certificates, one (1) pathway contains pre-college degrees, and one (1) pathway is devoted to students who need time to explore their academic options before they settle on any one path. 

Our nine (9) Shoreline Pathways are: 

Business & Management  

Healthcare & Wellness 

Industrial Technology  

Languages & Communication 

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math  

Social Sciences & Public Service 

Visual & Performing Arts 

College Readiness & ESL 

Exploratory 

For an idea of the degrees that fit into each Shoreline Pathway, see this chart of the new Shoreline Pathways. (It does not include certificates, as it is proof of concept. We will include certificates in the final public-facing version.) 

We want to thank the many faculty, students, and staff who have contributed their ideas and feedback on this project so far and ask you to participate in next steps. 

Next Steps 

Starting in Summer 2022 and continuing through the next academic year, we’ll be working with the College’s web team to revise our web pages and web architecture to reflect the new pathway structure.  

Building Shoreline Pathways includes creating sample quarter-by-quarter course sequences for prospective students for each degree and pre-major. Over the next 9 – 12 months, the College will invest heavily in developing course sequence “maps” for approximately 60 degrees and pre-majors with input from academic advisors, program leads, and instructional faculty. We invite faculty to apply to serve in leadership roles for this project. 

We are excited to have reached this milestone and looking forward to implementing this new model.

-B

BRIGID NULTY

She/Her

Director of Guided Pathways

Shoreline Community College

www.shoreline.edu

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