Updated November 2018
This postsecondary education initiative of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office awards grants to help community colleges adopt or expand evidence-based practices that boost student success and outcomes in basic skills acquisition. This includes programs for academic assessment and placement, remediation, and student supports. Together, these practices accelerate the progress of underprepared students toward achieving postsecondary educational and career goals, specifically:
The 2015-16 state budget provided the California Community College system with $60 million in one-time funds for this work, up to $1.5 million per college.
Element is not present in this initiative.
Recipient community colleges are redesigning their curriculum, career pathways, and assessment and placement procedures—or any combination thereof—to implement or expand two or more of the following practices or principles:
Participating community colleges are encouraged to collaborate with local school districts serving K-12 students to better articulate and align English and math instruction between high school and postsecondary education.
Content in remedial courses is aligned with programs of academic or CTE studies. Remedial instruction is contextualized in foundational skills for an industry cluster, career pathways, or both.
Proactive student support services are integrated within the academic instruction provided.
Community colleges must track the number and percentage of entering students:
Community colleges must also report:
Connecting with structured pathway work under Strong Workforce, Linked Learning, and other career pathways initiatives could help this initiative focus on industries with a skills shortage, engage employers based on occupational targets, and produce portable skills. This could also help ensure practices are participant-focused and evidence-based.
Does this information need updating or adjustment? Send us your suggestions: CAcareerpathway@clasp.org