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 May 13- Pathways Documents

Pathways Meeting.5-13-2010.docxPathways Meeting.5-13-2010StoeverCY
Pathways Project One day Overview Presentation 5-13-2010.pptxPathways Project One day Overview Presentation 5-13-2010StoeverCY
Houston Pathways Data Manual.DOCxHouston Pathways Data ManualStoeverCY
Houston Pathways MOU.docxHouston Pathways MOUStoeverCY
Houston Pathways User Guide .DOCHouston Pathways User Guide StoeverCY

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Welcome to the Pathways Home Site

 

What is Pathways?

What’s happening in the current Pathways Projects?

How can I start a Pathways Project in my local area?

Who can I contact to help me start a Pathways Project?

As a current member of a Pathways Project how do I find my team’s site?

 

What is Pathways?

The Pathways project is a local partnership between secondary and post-secondary institutions that is designed to improve curriculum alignment between high school and post-secondary institutions. The Texas Pathways projects have three main components. 

The first component is a large scale data collection and research effort. Pathways partners agree to share student-level data including enrollment, course, and graduation data. The data is received and stored at Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) where reports on curriculum alignment, graduation, and other topics are generated. 

The second component is comprised of the local vertical alignment teams who will review the data reports. Once the teams have discovered the reasons for misalignment, the teams are charged with the task of creating interventions to solve the misalignments. These teams are supported by a regional coordinator. 

The third component is evaluation. The local vertical alignment teams are monitored to ensure they are achieving their goals and are supported by the regional coordinator and data experts.  After interventions are developed, THECB staff use their evaluation and data expertise to evaluate and improve interventions. This model creates an endless loop of data report generation, intervention creation, execution, and evaluation.

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What’s happening in the current Pathways Projects?

Pathways started as a project in San Antonio lead by the efforts of the Alamo Community College District (ACCD) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). In San Antonio, local vertical alignment teams have been meeting for a year.  The San Antonio Pathways has taught all partners numerous critical lessons. These have propelled the San Antonio partners towards setting new goals for a better curriculum alignment between secondary and post-secondary institutions.

In addition, the Houston and El Paso areas have initiated a drive toward starting their own Pathways projects. To learn more about the different Pathways projects, please click on a link below.

El Paso Pathways Homepage

Houston Pathways Homepage

San Antonio Pathways Homepage

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How can I start a Pathways Project in my local area?

Several steps are involved in starting a new Pathways project in your local area. Below are a few of the broad strokes needed to initiate a new Pathways Project:

1. Identify the obligation to assist students in providing them with improved preparation for college and the necessity to have better alignment between high school and college courses. The best step is starting with your own institution (secondary or post-secondary).

2. Contact the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) staff. The THECB can be very helpful in providing you data for step 1. Plus, we have many of the documents and the experience necessary to assist you with the next two steps.  THECB Contacts    

3. Secure commitment from local school districts, 2-year and 4-year higher education institutions. This is the most critical step in starting a Pathways project. Use the information you found in Step 1 to fuel discussions with other potential partners.

4. Secure funding for the Pathways Project. Pathways is a relatively inexpensive project. Based on similar projects, the THECB has learned that hiring a part-time regional coordinator (a person who will manage the team and maintain communication between the partners) is critical to a Pathways project’s success. In addition, many projects give small incentives to vertical team member for attending meetings like a $25 gift card. Again, THECB staff can assist you with locating funds if needed.

5. Work toward creating a formal agreement with partners that have expressed interest. Normally, this means creating a “contract” where the partner institutions agree to share student-level data and to allow teacher and faculty to volunteer their time.

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Who can I contact to help me start a Pathways Project?

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board staff is always ready to help start a Pathways Project. For assistance or if you have any further questions, please contact the project support staff by e-mailing us at pathways@thecb.state.tx.us . You may also contact one of the staff directly by clicking on this link: THECB Contacts

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As a current member of a Pathways Project how do I find my team’s site?

Just click on your team’s site below.

El Paso Pathways Homepage

Houston Pathways Homepage

San Antonio Pathways Homepage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Texas Pathways: Achieving Student Success Through Better Curriculum Alignment between Secondary and Post-Secondary Education