UPDATE 10: Guided Pathways: Policies and Practice

This is the tenth in a series of emails about student success work in the Capital-East Region and in Connecticut overall, including the implementation of Guided Pathways (GP).
In this issue, we’ll introduce the proposed Holistic Case Management Advising (HCMA) policy built by the Holistic Student Support Redesign Team and provide updates from the Choice Architecture Team. 

Previous emails are available online.

Holistic Student Support Redesign Team

What is the proposal?
The proposed policy, titled “Holistic Case Management Advising (HCMA) at the CSCU Community Colleges”, includes the following:
View the Proposal (pdf) →
1) Ensures all degree and certificate seeking students have an assigned professional advisor and support network of faculty and staff who collaborate with students to plan for their educational goals and deliver the necessary holistic services to stay on track to completion.
2) Reduces the student-to-FTE professional advisor ratio to 250:1 by Fall 2022.
3) Adopts a student success platform that facilitates holistic case management advising.
How was the proposed policy developed?
The Holistic Student Support Redesign Team (HSSR) has been working towards the development of this policy since February 2018. The team voted to move this policy forward for feedback in fall 2019. The team includes a diverse cross section of faculty, staff, and administrators from all 12 CSCU community colleges, CSCU State Universities and the CSCU System Office. Members consist of professional staff from core areas such as advising, counseling, enrollment services and financial aid, as well as faculty members and academic and student affairs administrators. 
How can I learn more and provide feedback?
Attend an upcoming forum at a college near you. Forums will be facilitated by project leads (Gayle Barrett, MxCC and Mike Buccilli, GCC) and provide a space for faculty, staff, and administrators to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed HCMA policy.
Forum 1 11/25/19 11:00-12:30 HCC: Beacon Hall, Room 214
Forum 2 11/26/19 3:00-4:30 MCC: GPA Community Room
Forum 3 12/3/19 10:00-11:30 TxCC, Rooms 6-127 & 6-128
Forum 4 12/5/19 11:00-12:30 TRCC, Multi-Purpose Room F117

If you are unable to attend a forum, feedback links are embedded in the proposal drafts (pdf)
Choice Architecture Team:
On Friday, November 15th at 1:00pm, The Guided Pathways Choice Architecture team will host, via Zoom, James (Dub) Green, Associate Vice President for Planning and Accreditation at Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. Dub also serves as an Achieving the Dream (ATD) coach for Quinebaug Valley and Tunxis Community Colleges. He will share with us the implementation and outcomes of compressed 7-week course schedules at Trident. A number of CT Community College attendees at ATD’s Dream Conference in February 2019 were impressed with Dub’s presentation on this topic, Raising the Roof: The Dramatic Impacts of a 7-Week Term Schedule on Student Outcomes. We are thrilled that Dub will be sharing this work with all of us in CT. 
In September 2019, the Alignment and Completion of Math and English (ACME) group convened at Manchester Community College. Facilitated by national experts from the Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, faculty and staff from the community colleges and state universities spent two days analyzing community college system-wide student success data to define problems and challenges related to the alignment and completion of math and English. Participants identified a number of specific issues needing attention (such as co-requisite models, placement, K-12 collaborations, advising/student support services, etc.) and formed work groups around these issues. Over the next few months, work groups will continue to further define the problems and challenges, identify specific outcomes, and develop work and communication plans before moving to delineate solutions and draft recommendations. ACME will convene again on December 6th at Middlesex Community College to continue their work, with a specific focus on mathematics transfer pathways. Materials from ACME meetings are available at tinyurl.com/acme-ct. If you are interested in getting involved with ACME, email Francine Rosselli-Navarra at frosselli-navarra@mcc.commnet.edu or Heidi Zenie at hzenie@trcc.commnet.edu.


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In CSCU Student Success Update #11, which we’ll email in December, we’ll provide updates on the General Education proposal, the rounds of curriculum alignment currently occurring, and more about the overall timeline for this curricular work and the endorsement process going forward.