TIPSS #42 Completing Gateway Courses during the Student’s First Year

The Guided Pathways Team is pleased to present TIPSS #42, which presents data about student completion of both first year math and writing, two key early momentum metrics (EMMs).  These and other EMMs are closely aligned with a student’s ability to persist and complete their course of study at Lane.
Also be sure to look at the Guided Pathways Dashboards, which present these and other EMMs.  The dashboards are available to all staff at Lane.  To view the dashboards please visit and open the “Guided Pathways Metrics” tab to find the links to the dashboards.

Guided Pathways Dashboards Now Available

The Guided Pathways Data Team, Institutional Research, and the Guided Pathways Core Team researched, designed, and produced a set of publicly available dashboards to illustrate Lane students’ progress in nine critical areas. These metrics, known as Early Momentum Metrics (EMMs), are closely aligned with a student’s ability to persist and complete their course of study at Lane. We are pleased to announce these dashboards are now available for viewing by all Lane employees.

These dashboards originated from the Guided Pathways Data Team, which was charged with discovering which leading and lagging indicators were critical for the college to understand where students are succeeding or struggling.  This team’s work, combined with research on EMMs from the Center for Community College Research at Columbia University in New York,  allowed a team from Institutional Research to collect and visualize these data points for Lane Community College. 

To view the dashboards please visit and open the “Guided Pathways Metrics” tab to find the links to the dashboards.

The many people who worked on these dashboards are excited to provide them to you for discussion with colleagues, reflection on Lane’s success in these areas, and ways to improve for the benefit of our students.  Next term, the Guided Pathways team will be presenting these dashboards to the college community.  Watch for the announcements coming soon!


The Guided Pathways Data Team: Gina Szabady, Cathy Thomas, Ben Hill, Katy Fuller, Tricia Bolwby, Todd Matson

The Institutional Research Team: Cathy Thomas, Brandon Gibson, Ryan Ballew

The Guided Pathways Core Team: Jennifer Frei, Mindie Dieu, Edgar Rosas Alquicira, Mike Sims

TIPPS #40 and #41

Attached, these two editions of Timely Information Promoting Student Success (TIPSS) provide updates to the “leaky pipeline” for writing and math. In TIPSS #40 (writing) and #41 (math), prior editions TIPSS #24 and #25 are linked and can be found on the GP blog: The leaky pipeline illustrates how attrition due to non-attempts and failed attempts lead to gateway pass or no pass rates in writing and math two years after students entered the college. Three cohorts of students have now been reported on, at 3-year intervals.

TIPSS40 Re-Updating the Pipeline Writing (2)
TIPSS41 Re-Updating the Pipeline Math (1)

2021-2022 Guided Pathways Aspirations, Team Recruitment, and Faculty Posting

The Guided Pathways Team would like to share with you the following announcements and opportunities for involvement with Guided Pathways at Lane.  
In this message you will find:
1. Guided Pathways Academic Year 2021-2022 Aspirations
2. First Year Math and Writing Team recruitment 
3. Faculty Core Team posting 
Please see below for more information on each topic.
GP AY 2021-2022 Aspirations: This document describes the big-picture goals for this year. There are aspirations for Academic Plans, First Year Math and Writing, Foundational Seminar, Data, Retention, and Engagement. The work of project teams will be focused in these areas. 
First Year Math and Writing Team recruitment: We are seeking participants for this team. The team’s goal is to create systemic conditions that decrease equity gaps, and guide and support all students toward completion of both program-level math and writing within their first year. Please review the full team description here . To express interest, please fill out this form by noon on Friday, 10/22.
Faculty Core Team posting: The Guided Pathways Core Team seeks a current full-time or pat-time faculty member as a Core Team member. The Core Team is responsible for strategy, planning, and direction of GP work. The team facilitates college-wide implementation of Guided Pathways and gives charge to project teams, including clarification of outcomes and timelines for implementation. Please review the posting here and attached. To express interest, please submit letter of interest and resume/CV to Jennifer Frei by noon on Fri, 10/22
You may ask why are we seeking a Faculty Core Team member? It is with great gratitude that we say THANK YOU to Jenn Kepka for three years of dedication to launching and leading guided pathways work throughout the college. Jenn’s consistent focus on centering the student experience, equity, and connecting across areas of the college have been highly valued and appreciated. She’s now focusing on supporting students through tutoring. 
Finally, if you’ve made it this far, we’ll preview that more opportunities for involvement will be coming soon. Please watch for team recruitment related to additional aspirational areas, including Foundational Seminar and Holistic Student Supports. 

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.