In early April Reinvention7 kicked-off, with faculty, staff and students from each of the seven colleges forming teams charged with nothing less than planning and executing the work required to ensure that all CCC students embark upon academic pathways that 1) reflect learning and growth required to meet life, career and academic goals 2) are relevant to both employers and to four-year institutions 3) meet students where they are, both in terms of their college readiness levels upon admission as well as their anticipated schedule and other life needs.
This week the teams completed initial drafts of semester-by-semester program maps that reflect the requirements and sequential steps needed to attain a certificate or degree, as indicated in the most recent course catalog. They also shared these maps with the owners of the curricula, the faculty, to make changes required to ensure the paths reflect the best advisable routes towards completion and learning. After faculty validation, these semester maps will represent an advising tool CCC can use to help students chart clear educational plans towards a degree. We have also begun baking-in developmental education pathways and requirements into these maps so we can meet students at their variable college readiness levels.
In the coming weeks the teams will garner more faculty feedback on the semester maps and integrate it before sharing with our transfer directors, deans of instruction, vice presidents and others. We will also look towards faculty leadership to help define what new pathways will look like, how they can lead to credentials that reflect learning, match skills required for entering the workforce and align with the expectations of four-year institutions for transfer purposes.
As we proceed, please keep following us here and do not hesitate to e-mail me directly with any questions or concerns about Reinvention7 or, better yet, contact your college’s Director of Strategic Initiatives.
– Charles Ansell, Center for Operational Excellence