Learning Council Update & Presentation

It’s been a while since we had a blog post!

Guided Pathways work has continued this year, though like most campus projects and operations, we’ve been slowed by the pandemic and its imposed limitations.

To keep the campus updated, this week the Core Team developed and delivered this presentation for Learning Council. It reviews both where we are now and some aspirations for next year. We invite comments and questions here and through email, and we hope that everyone can find ways to incorporate student-centered information into their work at Lane.

Year-End Report

This message was sent in email to all Lane employees on June 11, 2020:

Hello All Lane Employees,
Just as we did last year, we want to provide you with a year-end summary of our work to date toward the Guided Pathways strategic priority.

Similar to last year, our design teams were actively making progress during Fall and Winter terms, and we hosted multiple college-wide events. Unlike last year, we experienced some unexpected interruptions for Spring term and are in the middle of significant changes to how we work! As we navigate these changes, our immediate focus has shifted to being ready to hit the virtual ground running again in the fall.

Prior to the shift to remote work in March, our seven design teams had identified priorities and work plans for the coming academic terms. These priorities included smoothing the student experience between non-credit and credit areas of the college; improving equity in our placement system; providing clear, accurate, customizable default programs of study; further integration of career communities into student and college life; and building on existing work in multiple college areas to expand our First Year Experience. Teams also focused on creating metrics and benchmarks for success as we undertake this institutional change and on how we could improve our communication of these priorities throughout the college.

Regardless of the disruption to Spring term, it was an active and productive year for Guided Pathways, which included multiple campus-wide events, visits and interviews with our A2I2 and Oregon Student Success Center coaches, and the formation of two new teams.

Our work for next year will focus on four major categories: implementing equitable placement processes; bringing FYE to scale; eliminating the barriers students experience when moving from non-credit to credit programs so that all students experience themselves as valued Lane students; and the creation of default program maps, with faculty involvement, that students can customize to reach their individual goals.

The swift move to remote work during Spring Term has resulted in a shift in how we work, but it did not change, and in some cases has increased, the urgency with which the college must prioritize work that makes students’ experiences smoother, better coordinated, more meaningful, and ultimately well aligned with their personal and educational goals.

Available in our TIPSS page, please find TIPSS #36 on Fulfilling Lane’s Mission in the Midst of Pandemic. On our GP Library page, you can find the Design Principles that guide our work, developed this winter in coordination with our A2I2 coaches, and our Metrics.

As always, if you are interested in being involved in the continuing teamwork around any of these issues, we hope you’ll contact one of the co-chairs (Jennifer Frei, Jenn Kepka, or Mike Sims) to find out more.

TIPSS #35: Lane Degrees Take Less Time to Complete

Hello again everyone! This TIPSS was delayed slightly by, well, everything that’s happened in the past month or so. Luckily, the news it’s delivering is that students have been experiencing fewer delays in graduation over the past few years. Please review the TIPSS here to find out more!

PDF version of TIPSS

While Guided Pathways meetings are on a pause during spring term as the college moves swiftly to respond to the pandemic, our thinking and work will continue. We hope you can review this TIPSS when you have a moment, and please let us know your comments or questions below.

February Updates

Daylight is starting to stick around a little longer and flowers are popping up all over campus, signaling the end of winter, winter term and the beginning of the final stretch of this academic year. What a dynamic and transformational academic year it has been! 

Rob Johnstone’s February visit was a productive, action-packed two days. While here, Rob and his team met with the eight Guided Pathways teams, administration, specific faculty groups, students, and various departments across campus. Moving forward, his team provided ideas on targeted action plans on how to continue developing Guided Pathways at Lane. 

This work can’t happen without the involvement of all of us. Whether or not you’re a direct part of a Guided Pathways work group, every job, department, and classification at Lane is ultimately involved in Guided Pathways. While the days are getting longer, the to-do lists are as well, so thank you for all of the work you do to help move this college forward! 

As always, let us know if you have any questions by emailing GuidedPathways@lanecc.edu

Your IComm Team


Guided Pathways is a strategic framework that guides an inclusive, holistic redesign of the student experience to help our students graduate and achieve their goals. The framework is designed to meet the multiple phases of students’ needs and experiences by:

  • Creating clear curricular pathways to employment and further education
  • Helping students choose and enter their pathway
  • Helping students stay on their path 
  • Ensuring that student learning is happening with intentional outcomes.




Happy New Year, Lane!

As Lane welcomes a new decade and new term, Guided Pathways is preparing for the next visit in our ongoing consultation/coaching with Rob Johnstone’s AAII group. 

On Feb. 6-7, Rob and three colleagues will meet with all of our working teams to conduct informational interviews with about a dozen groups. They plan to meet with small groups of students, faculty, staff, and management, both in role-alike groups and in the following specific categories: transfer, CTE, and developmental education faculty; innovative program leadership; professional development; academic and student affairs management; advising and counseling; institutional research; IT; and assessment. Rob will also meet with each of the eight running Guided Pathways teams to provide coaching and guidance as we move toward designing an improved student experience.

These interviews will be used to compile a report highlighting opportunities and barriers at Lane that stood out to the interviewers during their visit.We’re excited to see how Rob and his team will help us explore and redesign the student experience through a Guided Pathways lens. 

Questions about any of this? Email GuidedPathways@lanecc.edu for help! 

Your IComm Team

Now Recruiting: Guided Pathways Phase III

We’re recruiting again! Guided Pathways has two new teams forming, and a few former teams that need additional members. The new teams are our First Year Experience team, which will help define what FYE will mean at Lane in the Guided Pathways roll-out, and the Career Communities Integration team, which will work to make our eight career communities a meaningful, supportive part of a student’s Lane experience. You can find more information about these teams at our Phase III Teams Explainer: https://tinyurl.com/GPPhaseIII

Interested? Fill out this handy form by December 1. 

You can find more information about all of our current teams here at the Current Teams and Participants page

Rob Johnstone and Ed Bowling Visit Agenda

Rob Johnstone and Ed Bowling will visit this Halloween (October 31) for a day of conversations about building individualized student plans through Guided Pathways work. Please see the agenda at this link for details about his visit.

Dr. Johnstone and Dr. Bowling will present three open-to-all-employees sessions during his visit:

  • 9:15-10:45, Keynote Address and Q&A: Designing the Optimal Student Experience (Ragozzino Hall)
  • 11-12:15, Topic Session: Designing Equitable Student On-Ramps, 4/105
  • 3:15-4:30, Topic Session: Designing Program Maps as Foundation for Individual Student Plans, 4/106