RCCD was the recipient
of a $194,000 grant awarded by the College Futures Foundation for “Rethinking
and re-engineering the existing college infrastructure to ensure student
success via Guided Pathways.” Through this funding, Riverside City, Norco and
Chaffey colleges hosted the Inland Empire Guided Pathways Summit March 4-5 at
the Riverside Convention Center.
The Summit brought
together 12 community colleges in Riverside, San Bernardino and Kern counties
to begin discussions on dissemination and adoption of the Guided Pathways
model. Planning was leveraged by the experience of Riverside City, Norco and
Chaffey colleges that have already begun to restructure systems, strategically
realign curriculum and academic programs and establish support systems.
Nearly 150 faculty,
staff and administrators participated. The goal of the Summit was to galvanize
and support in the dissemination, adoption and implementation of the Guided
Pathways framework to significantly increase student success (graduation,
transfer and employment).
the National Center for Inquiry & Improvement, LLC facilitated and
presented sessions on Guided
Pathways 101, Why Guided Pathways, Equity and
Students, Strategic Planning, Resources and Support, Developing Infrastructure
for Inland Empire Consortium and a student panel centered on choosing classes
and a career.
At the end of the first
day, a fireside chat was conducted with chancellors, presidents and
superintendents from UCR, CSUSB, CBU, RCCD, Chaffey College and Riverside
County Office of Education on how to strengthen educational partnerships.
Summit provided the opportunity for regional colleges to collaborate and share
experiences, challenges, successes, strategies and systems. This major effort
is part of the State Chancellor’s Office strategy of scaling the Guided
Pathways statewide and it is being carried out in close collaboration with the
Growing Inland Achievement.