• Questions About Guided Pathways IV – An Exploration of Quality & Guided Pathways


    This is part 4 of a series on Guided Pathways by Rob Johnstone.

    Greetings, fellow travelers –

    It’s April now, and I don’t know about you, but I just had a lot of fun watching the spectacle that is the NCAA basketball tournament – purely for entertainment of course.  So I’m happy, and ready to engage with you virtually as always, as I hope good weather and the new beginnings of Spring have found their way to you and yours.  So this time we will continue our months-long sojourn...

  • Questions About Guided Pathways III – Return of the Pathways


    This is part 3 of a series on Guided Pathways by Rob Johnstone.


    For most of us around the country, the time changed Saturday night to Daylight Savings Time, and while I wish somebody could figure out a way to do that without our losing an hour of sleep, I’m sure many of you who’ve endured this winter are ready for the thoughts of more sunlight and a shift in the weather pattern!  I’m heading to Austin and Indianapolis this week for SXSWedu and some planning work on...

  • Beyond Carrots and Sticks: Helping Colleges Meet the Challenge of Performance Funding

    A growing number of states are turning to outcomes-based funding policies as a way to focus the attention of public colleges and universities on student success. My team and I at the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia’s Teachers College have recently completed a multi-year study of the impacts of such policies on colleges in three leading states...

  • Questions About Guided Pathways II – The Two Towers

    Part Two in a Series About Guided Pathways by Rob Johnstone

    In a sobering reflection to at SFO waiting to fly to Raleigh for the great work Ed Bowling, Susan Barbitta and SSLI are doing with their regional institutes, I realized it’s been 18 cities visited since I last blogged about the first two Guided Pathways questions in early January.  Now I know many of you might be pointing out that while I’m currently in SFO (and in full disclosure one of the 18 cities was Honolulu), many of...

  • Who Belongs in College and Who Can Complete?

    Imagine a world in which Martin Luther King, Jr. was denied a college education.  I recently learned that Martin Luther King, Jr. was reading on the eighth grade level when he was a freshman at Morehouse University.  This fact challenges many of the arguments being made at the national level about who is “college material” and the place of “high school catch-up” in the college experience.  For years, colleges blamed high schools who blamed middle and elementary schools.  Now, there is data...


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