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Workshop #1: Clarifying Paths into Programs of Study

Welcome and Keynote: “Programs of Privilege” and “Random Acts” to Dual Enrollment Equity Pathways with John Fink


Description: As a mechanism for expanding access to college and career opportunity, dual enrollment (DE) programs hold great promise but are underutilized. National research on access to DE shows that racial equity gaps, so it is not surprising that DE is sometimes referred to as “programs of privilege”. Yet, nearly 1 in 5 districts have closed these gaps. And, the Dual Enrollment Playbook (Aspen Institute & CCRC, 2020) illustrated that, in contrast to the “random acts of DE” that characterizes much DE practice, by intentionally designing DE practices and policies, colleges and their K-12 partners can produce more equitable access and college outcomes for students of color. CCRC is now studying how colleges and their K-12 partners can more effectively approach DE programming to expand college access and success for underserved students across state systems. Drawing on the findings from the Playbook and our research tracking implementation of guided pathways reforms at 120 community colleges nationally, CCRC is observing an emerging approach that we call Dual Enrollment Equity Pathways (DEEP), where community colleges partner with K-12 schools to: a) reach out to underserved students and families to recruit into DE; b) align DE course offerings to college workforce and bachelor’s programs in high-opportunity fields; c) assist with career and academic exploration, advising, and planning; and d) deliver high-quality college instruction that builds students’ confidence as college learners. In this presentation, John will review research motivating calls to redesign DE to expand access and better align to college guided pathways reform, and he will share early insights on what these ideas look like in practice.

Lorain County Community College’s My University Dual Enrollment Pathways


Description: The MyUniversity program, a unique partnership between LCCC and area high schools, provides a pathway for high school students to the full college experience – for less! Students taking advantage of the program have the opportunity to graduate high school with both an associate degree and a high school diploma, free of charge. Students who successfully complete the program qualify for scholarship funds to finish a bachelor’s degree at Lorain County Community College through the University Partnership.

Rockland County Community College’s Accelerating Pathways: Building Bridges from High School to College


Description: Rockland Community College’s Accelerating Pathways Project extends our Guided Pathways model to high school students before they apply to college. The high school model of our College Success course serves as a vehicle to provide early engagement and guidance to underrepresented students. Participants will learn about and discuss the goals and implementation of the project as well as potential challenges when working with high schools.

Equity & Pathways with Todd Marshall (Mohawk Valley Community College)


Description: This session will focus on the intentional focus of equity in the Guided Pathways work that Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) has been doing. It will offer some of the practices and procedures MVCC has been using to advance the goals of Guided Pathways with equity-mindedness while engaging faculty, staff, and administrators as much as possible.

Workshop #2: 

Keynote: Reimaging the Program the Onboarding Experience to Help Students Gain Early Momentum (and Build Back Enrollment) with Davis Jenkins & Hana Lahr.


Promising Practices in New York State Early College High Schools and P-TECH Partnerships.


Breakout: Applying the Ask-Connect-Inspire-Plan (ACIP) framework to practice.


Short-term Action Plans Due!

A friendly reminder to send me and your coach your project charter and the first draft of your short-term action plan. These will be the two documents you will continue to work from at the next workshop and over the coming months to complete your project and prepare for your webinar presentation in June. More details on the June presentations will be sent out soon. If you need help, Gretchen is available to meet with colleges for office hours.

Office Hours with Gretchen: As a reminder, reach out to both your coach and to Gretchen ( to schedule time with her to discuss your project.

Spring 2022 Save the Date:

  • Workshop 3: March 4
  • Workshop 4: May 13
  • June Capstone Presentations: Possible dates: May 23, June 6, 13, 16) – more info will be sent out in early January

Workshop #3: Using Communications to Achieve Your Goals

Presenter: Andrea Sussman, Founding Partner, Next Chapter Communications


Without strategic communications, even the best project will have limited impact. This hands-on workshop explains four key elements of communications — setting goals, defining audiences, crafting messages, and developing a strategic communications plan — and helps colleges begin to use them. Each college will leave the session with clear communications goals and audiences, initial drafts of messaging, and the beginning of a strategic communications plan for its pathways-related project. Andrea also will have office hours to meet with participating colleges and provide additional guidance.


Workshop #4: SUNY Pathways Virtual Workshop 4: Implementation of Guided Pathways Framework

Description: The workshop will focus on the Guided Pathways framework and its four pillars, as well as feature some SUNY community colleges implementation examples. SUNY Pathways colleges will also have team time to link equity and Guided Pathways and discuss key questions related to each pillar. The goal of the workshop is to motivate SUNY Pathways Cohort 3 colleges to continue their pathways projects and inspire their commitment to implementation of the Guided Pathways pillars.


During SUNY Pathways Virtual Workshop 4 team times, your college discussed some questions and prompts from the Scale of Adoption Assessment. As promised, here are links to the full Scale of Adoption Assessment (SOAA):


SUNY Pathways Reading & Resources

Holistic Student Supports Redesign: A Toolkit, Achieving the Dream 2018

Teaching & Learning Toolkit: A Research-Based Guide to Building a Culture of Teaching & Learning Excellence, Achieving the Dream 2020

Ensure Students Are Learning Web Toolkit, Center for Community College Student Engagement 2021

Five Years Later: Technology and Advising Redesign at Early Adopter Colleges, Community College Research Center 2021

Using Technology to Redesign College Advising and Student Support: Findings and Lessons From Three Colleges’ Efforts to Build on the iPASS Initiative, Community College Research Center 2020

Key Considerations for Choosing Technology Solutions to Support Guided Pathways, Pathways Collaborative 2017

Focus on Ensure Students are Learning, Pathways Collaborative 2019

Guided Career Pathways: A New Postsecondary Framework for Today’s Learners, Jobs for the Future 2021

Upcoming Events (all events are virtual)


  • Pathways Workshop 4 (May 13 @ 10am-3pm)
  • June Capstone Presentations:


SUNY Pathways Cohort Three Project Presentation FINAL Schedules:

CollegeJune presentation schedule
Adirondack, SUNYJune 16 from 1-2pm
Broome Community CollegeJune 16 from 3-4pm
Cayuga County Community CollegeJune 16 from 12-1pm
Clinton Community CollegeJune 13 from 12-1pm
Columbia – Greene Community CollegeJune 13 from 3-4pm
Fulton-Montgomery Community CollegeJune 13 from 1-2pm
Genesee Community CollegeJune 16 from 4-5pm
Herkimer County Community CollegeJune 16 from 2-3pm
Niagara County Community CollegeJune 13 from 2-3pm
Sullivan County Community CollegeJune 2 from 4-5pm


Office Hours with Gretchen: As a reminder, reach out to both your coach and to Gretchen ( to schedule time with her to discuss your project.

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