Key elements of these guided pathways to completion include:
- Academic programs mapped out by faculty, including the exact sequence of courses students need to take to complete a degree or certificate. These are accompanied by clearly defined learning outcomes.
- Predictable course schedules that allow students to complete their degree on time.
- Clear information on the areas of study offered by a college or university, and where those programs are designed to lead in terms of future education and employment.
- A default curriculum for broad fields of interest, such as business, STEM, or social services, which helps students understand the coursework needed for degree completion and what types of jobs are available after graduation.
- Co-requisite coursework designed to integrate the foundational skills a student needs to understand and succeed in college-level courses.
- Early-alert systems to ensure students are making progress based on academic and non-academic milestones.
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