Implementing guided pathways at hyper speed
Montgomery County Community College updates processes to focus on student success.
- In one year, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) developed 43 pathways for its students
- Part of MCCC’s pathways strategy involves refining all campus processes
- Maintaining quality amid accelerated implementation involves being strategic with technology
Kevin Pollock, President, Montgomery County Community College
A big challenge for us, honestly, is the fact that we've moved from sort of the 50/50 part-time/full-time student traditional base to nearly 70% of our students are part-time. So how do you get them through that system? How do you get them to that finish line of that degree, especially trying to get them to get that degree before they go off to the four-year schools?
We're just in the process of implementing our guided pathways, which really were just created over this past year. So, you've got this new core curriculum, but now we've done, literally in one year, 43 brand new pathways in three different directions—the online one, the full-time, and our part-time students. Now, our next year will be putting those in place, restructuring the class schedule—trying to make it student friendly so our students can get the classes they need. The on-ramp for the students, the off-ramp, for those that have difficulty, don't do so well in classes and they have to come back in, developmental courses. That is a lot of rapid movement forward in a short amount of time.
We want to make sure that when we do make rapid advances, we're not doing it and missing out on things. We're literally in the process right now with a brand new strategic plan of analyzing and looking at every single process our student has to go through. Now, some of those will remove technology. Some of them will enhance our technology to make it better for our students.
But we are like most institutions, where we are going to find out that a lot of our processes have been put in place over years, and years, and years. And we have to cut through all that and make it easier for our students.