Guided Pathways at College of San Mateo - Overview
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Guided Pathways


At College of San Mateo, only 4 in 10 students completes a certificate, degree, or transfers within 3 years*, and success rates for certain student groups are disproportionately low.
Our Vision 
College of San Mateo will create an equity-minded, student-centered experience that empowers students to reach their educational goals.
Guided Pathways addresses four pillars: Clarify the Path by creating clear curricular pathways to employment and further education; Enter the Path by helping students choose and enter their pathway; Stay on the Path by helping students stay on their path; and, Ensure Learning with intentional outcomes. How we do this specifically at CSM is up to us. What we do know is that it will require structural change and campus-wide support to create an improved college experience for students.

College of San Mateo, along with other community colleges statewide, has embarked upon Guided Pathways. In order to implement Guided Pathways, CSM has established a steering committee and general team that include administration, faculty, staff, and students. These bodies will continue to evolve in order to maintain a balance of discipline perspectives, to deliver fresh ideas, and to reflect our diverse campus.

As we move towards implementation, we will engage in systematic inquiry that examines data on performance, identifies underserved student populations and general areas for improvement, before designing pathways for our programs that allow students to explore while moving towards completion.

Guided Pathways is in initial stages at CSM and we need everyone to play a part. Whether educator or student at CSM, we invite you to join us in our efforts.

By the CSM Guided Pathway Steering (GPS) Team

* US Dept. of Education, Student Right to Know, Fall 2013 cohort

The Four Pillars of Guided Pathways - Clarify, Access, Persist, Achieve

Contact Us

Allie Fasth
Interim Director
(650) 574-6384
Kristi Ridgway
Dean, Language Arts
(650) 574-6337

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