• Filling in Gaps: CBD Building Guided Pathways Toolkit

    Recently and to my utter amazement, my 94 year old mother asked me what a bot is. As I tried to explain it to her, I realized that I couldn't define bot simply or clearly,  even though I knew what it was.  When I looked for help on Google, the definitions that popped up first were complex, technical and confusing.   So, like many of us, I texted my own daughters to translate!

    How many times has something similar happened to you? 

    This happened to Ed Bowling (Managing Partner of...

  • But Wait, There’s More (National Developments and Guided Pathways Questions, That Is)…

    So it’s been a little while.  Hope you’ve had a good start to 2016, and amazingly, we are nearing the end of another academic year, my 13th working in and around the community college sector.  I’ve shared my optimism before about how the system and its colleges continue to evolve their innovative approaches into scaled structures and systems that significantly improve student completion outcomes, and I’m much more optimistic today than I was back then.  I’m always heartened around graduation...

  • Contagious: Completion by Design and Integrated Pathways!

    The DREAM 2016 conference, Achieving the Dream's Annual Institute on Student Success, offered a daylong pre-institute Guided Pathways workshop, “Implementing Integrated Pathways: What, When, Why and How – Advice from the Trenches”.

    Nine community colleges in three states have worked under the Completion by Design (CBD) umbrella to transform the way they deliver academic and support services to increase student success, retention and completion.  They simultaneously created integrated...

  • Student Success Center Network: Growing Infrastructure for Scale

    On January 26 and 27, 2016, Jobs for the Future hosted our winter state policy meeting in San Diego, where we convened an incredibly talented, diverse, and committed group of state-, system-, and institutional-level leaders to support their efforts to develop policy conditions that allow community colleges to implement new strategies to dramatically increase student completion. Members of JFF’s Postsecondary State Policy Network have met semi-annually for the past decade to learn and apply...

  • New CBD Resource Coming Soon!

    New CBD Toolkit coming soon!

    We are excited to announce that a new CBD publication, “Building Guided Pathways: Practical Lessons from Completion by Design Colleges” will be released at the Achieving the Dream conference in Atlanta (and online here) on February 23rd. 

    Over the past four years, CBD colleges have aligned policies, programs and practices to create Guided Pathways that support students to be more successful. This is a bold, innovative and aggressive approach to student...


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