Organizing the Bag o’ Credits: Using the SUNY General Education Framework to Shape Concurrent Enrollment Programming
Presenters: Michael Prutsman, Dean for Extended Programs and John E. Jablonski, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs
Description: The vast majority of our concurrently enrolled students are taking college courses on their high school campuses. (Exceptions: Early College Career Academy and PTECH, which take place on the SUNY Adirondack campus.) The courses on the high school campuses cover a wide range of disciplines and are not aligned with any specific degree program. The purpose of our project is to use the SUNY General Education Framework to provide a level of intentionality to the college-in-the-high-school experience by showing progress toward the general education requirements. Furthermore, we plan to offer three one-credit courses that will lead students through the career development process. Successful students will have a strong sense of purpose and an understanding of how their credits apply to the General Education Framework as they move into higher education.
SUNY Broome’s Path to Pathways
Broome Community College
Presenters: Kimberly B. McLain, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Erin Frye, Associate Professor, Business
Description: SUNY Broome Community College engaged in implementation of Pathways at the college, with the initial focus during 2021-2022 on clarifying the pathways for two of its academic programs. Clarification of pathways included a reduction of general education and elective choices aligned with program learning outcomes and the end goals related to career/transfer goals. To prepare for large-scale adoption of Pathways across the college, developmental education and pre-requisite requirements were examined, and all programs college-wide created a four semester sequence mapping template of program requirements to identify existing barriers. In addition, the college focused on identifying and rectifying barriers within the onboarding process, as well as taking a closer look at the financial wellness of its students. While the initial focus of the project was to clarify two program pathways, the college was able to achieve clarification of 10 program pathways, and develop a plan to remediate its onboarding process and to address student financial wellness needs. In addition, throughout the project, the campus engaged in education and consistent communication about Pathways, including increased access to and use of data to make data driven decisions to support student success.
The Cayuga Community College Mapping Project
Cayuga County Community College
Presenters: Sarah Yaw, Dir. K-12 Partnerships & Academic Pathways
Description: The Cayuga Community College Mapping Project has focused on developing academic plans for select programs that clearly articulate a student’s academic path from K-12 or first-time/full-time enrollment through employment or transfer degree completion; developing communications that align academic plans with regional employment opportunities; and fostering a shared vision with regional K12 partners that ensures all learning leads students to completion of meaningful goals.
Clinton Community College ACE Program Pathways
Clinton Community College
Presenters: Angela Barnaby, Maggie Courson and Carey Goyette
Description: The CCC team will highlight how they identified a shortcoming in the concurrent enrollment program and how the SUNY Pathways Grant enabled the institution to act on this opportunity to make improvements. This presentation will provide an overview of CCC’s project, the pathways established with their high school partner, as well as the long-term plan for expanding the pathways to other high school partners and to other programs. Finally, the CCC team will highlight the challenges of the project and share the critical steps to be taken over the summer
Welcome Explorers: Creating systems to support students unsure about their academic paths and career goals
Columbia – Greene Community College
Presenters: Julia Podpura, Academic Advisor & Transfer/Career Counselor Andrew Ledoux, Dean of Student Development Matthew Green, Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management Kelly Ann Radzik, Director of Career Success & Experiential Learning
Description: Using the Guided Pathways Framework, C-GCC’s Pathway Project aligns the resources of Admissions, Advising, and Career Success to provide undecided students a pathway map to identify and pursue their desired career goal. Key elements of Guided Pathways at C-GCC includes a supportive onboarding process that allows students the opportunity to explore career pathways, helpful resources including a career planning process guide, and meaningful connections with key faculty and staff through targeted interventions to support student success.
Workforce Development Through Credit-Bearing Programs: How FM utilizes individual studies and micro-credentials to build a pipeline into our region’s businesses
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Presenters: Daniel Fogarty, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
Description: This presentation will showcase our grant initiatives to improve enrollment in our adult population. The focus will be on our individual studies and micro-credential programs. Specifically, we will focus on our Cannabis programs within the individual studies area. To develop and expand the equitable student experience that provides clearly defined pathways for success ensuring students are progressing towards their individual goals and transition to work or continued education. Our plan will have a two-pronged approach: 1: Developing individual studies and micro-credentials that will allow a direct pathway to a career upon completion. 2: Establish creative relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Our goal is to connect with area businesses to identify and define how employers can support individualized pathways.
First Things First: Establishing a Foundation for the Pathways Framework
Genesee Community College
Presenters: Shelitha Williams, VP Student & Enrollment/CDO, Tanya Lane-Martin, Assoc. Dean of Students, Carrie Sputore, Director of Student Success
Description: Genesee Community College provided key foundational information to implementing a pathways framework including an equity lens through trauma informed practice training, passive education campaign, career guidance training and faculty discussion opportunities.
Redefining Onboarding at Herkimer College
Herkimer County Community College
Presenters: Vicki Brown, Director of Student Activities and Katie Scanlon, Director of Advisement Center
Description: Redesigning the onboarding experience to promote student success for ALL students.
Niagara Pathways Initiative for Concurrent Enrollment
Niagara County Community College
Presenters: Monica Lopoyda, Assistant to the VP of AA, ) Fabio Escobar, Asst. VP of AA, Julie Schucker, Registrar, and John D. Strong, PE Faculty & Chief Equity & Diversity Officer
Description: The Niagara Guided Pathways team has spent this past year evaluating how to transform our College Acceleration Program (CAP) so that it better supports the college’s future students while developing effective communication strategies among all stakeholders and implementing the four pillars of guided pathways: clarify the path; enter the path; stay on the path; and ensure learning. We will take the knowledge gained from this project and use it to build our enrollment and retention strategies here at Niagara County Community College.
Take a Step onto a Career Pathway at SUNY Sullivan
Sullivan County Community College
Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Wrage- Dean of Student Success and Workforce Development
Description: SUNY Sullivan’s Guided Pathways project focuses on the program’s first pillar of Clarifying Paths for students. To offer students various onboarding opportunities, our pathway project will establish multiple entry points to four programs of study. The team of faculty and staff will focus on establishing micro-credentials in programs that also offer certificate and degree credentials. The team will create stackable credential pathways that will lead to employment opportunities in high demand jobs in our county. A badging system and policies that guide our campus’ micro-credentialing practice will also be established.