The Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation has announced a two-year, $1.5 million grant to the Community College Research Center in support of a program aimed at improving community college graduation rates in Ohio.
In partnership with the Ohio Association of Community Colleges and the Ohio Department of Higher Education, CCRC will work to expand its guided pathways model to all twenty-three community and technical colleges in the Buckeye State. Designed to give students a more direct route to graduation, guided pathways outline course sequences, progress milestones, and the skills and knowledge students need to earn a degree or certificate. Through the initiative, CCRC will provide research and technical assistance aimed at helping participating community colleges restructure their programs and the services they offer to degree-seeking students.
"Guided pathways seems to be effective in helping community college students complete their programs more efficiently and affordably," said Great Lakes president and CEO Richard D. George. "While it can take more than five years for colleges to fully adopt guided pathways, we recognize the urgent need to share knowledge in the short term to strengthen this work in Ohio and nationwide. We are eager to learn promising practices for accelerating student success and improving graduation rates."