Redesigning ELAC- Guided Pathways
Glossary of Terms
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 Map: a term-by-term plan that details the scope and sequence of courses required to complete
a credential, transfer, or enter the workforce. This helps students understand how
degree requirements can be translated into a term-by-term registration plan. It is
a default sequence that students may opt out of by speaking with a counselor. It is
also referred to as curriculum map, program map, and pathway.
Ambassador: a champion for Guided Pathways at ELAC. He or she can be a student, faculty member,
classified staff member, or administrator who supports Guided Pathways in or more
ways—sharing information with others in their department/unit, attending meetings,
and/or serving on a Guided Pathways team.
Career Ladders Project (CLP): a non-profit organization that provides strategic assistance to California community
colleges in the design and implementation of Guided Pathways.
Career Pathways: structured and connected education programs and support services that are designed
to help students attain higher levels of education and training needed to progress
toward the next level of employment and/or education. Career Pathways are organized
around a sequence of certificates/credentials that provide a way for colleges to give
students more clarity and structure in career technical programs of study.
Co-chairs: The decision-making leaders of Guided Pathways work at ELAC--Vice President of Continuing
Education & Workforce Development, Armida Ornelas and Senate President, Jeffrey Hernandez.
Cohort: Student grouped together by meta-major or affinity such as athletics for data collection,
analysis, and big-picture decision making about pathways development. Students will
have at least one statistical factor in common.
Completion community: Across- functional team of faculty, staff, and administrators responsible for oversight
and engagement of a particular group of students during a period of time. The individuals
in the group have at least one statistical factor- such as meta- major of study- in
common. Each team member is called a “completion coach”.
Facilitators: Full-time faculty members designated by the co-chairs to lead the Guided Pathways
Gatekeeper Course: The first or lowest –level college level course students must take and successfully
complete in order to progress along his or her academic pathway.
Guided Pathways Framework: a vehicle for redesigning college systems so that the institution itself is restructured
to provide intentionally designed, clear, coherent, and structured educational experiences
that guide students from the point of entry through attainment of postsecondary credentials,
transfer, and/or career placement.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): A set of metrics designed to measure students’ progress through milestones on his
or her pathway. Specifically used to monitor the effects of institutional interventions.
Meta-Major: a cluster of academic programs grouped together by common or related courses or occupations.
Instead of giving incoming students a list of hundreds of majors to choose from, colleges
are defining 5-10 meta-majors to help students narrow their program interests early
in their academic careers if they are undecided at the time of application. Programs
within a meta-major will share common requirements to allow for early exploration
within this broad field of interest.
Milestones/Mile Posts: Measurable educational achievements, such as completing a college-level math course
or number of units within a defined period of time. May prompt a “nudge.”
Nudges: Actions that guide decision making while preserving freedom of choice.
OIEA: Office of institutional effectiveness and advancement at ELAC, which assists in Guided
Program: A set of courses and related activities that lead to an attainment of educational
objectives such as a certificate or an associate’s degree; often referred to as a
major of study.
On-ramp: The integration of developmental education as a part of helping students successfully
complete the critical introductory college-level courses in their initial field of
interest. May consist of co-requisite coursework designed to scaffold students’ success
in critical college-level courses. Aligns math and other foundational skills coursework
with a student’s program of study, and integrates and contextualizes instruction to
build academic and non-academic foundation skills throughout the college-level curriculum,
particularly in program gateway courses. Student Educational Plan
Steering Committee: Cross-functional workgroup (i.e., administrators, faculty, classified staff, students)
which meets on a monthly basis to guide the overall Guided Pathways activities on
Student Education Plan (SEP): A term-by-term individualized plan of courses a student should take based on his/her
placement levels, full-time/part-time status, summer term plans, and pathway selection.
The SEP should guide students through registration. Deviation from the SEP may adversely
impact a student’s financial aid and lead to excess unit accumulation.
Team: a group of people who is focused on a particular emphasis in Guided Pathways work.
There are multiple teams, each of which meets independently as well as with the facilitators
and co-chairs to advance Guided Pathways at ELAC.