For the Guided Pathways initiative, Cuyamaca College has created an online course that focuses on career pathways, student success, persistence, and completion. In addition to equipping students with online skills that will help them persist through college and remain on their path, it also helps campuses and instructors fulfill the most recent requirements pertaining to Campus SaVE and Title IX. After completion of this online course, all students will be on a guided pathway and have chosen their major toward their future career and employment success.
The course has been taught online, hybrid/blended, and/or on-ground–personalized for the online student and can be customized according to the college’s preferences and requirements. Given the content focus areas described and the positive impact on persistence, this course aligns with school-wide first-year experience, basic skills, acceleration, strong workforce, dual-credit and guided pathway initiatives. These initiatives have been adopted because they help with student persistence, completion, success, and leverage technology. In this session, participants will learn about the effective use of technology and application in the distance-learning environment with built in feedback and assessments to make the instructor role as seamless as possible. The content and student instructional materials described are grounded in best online practices.
The online course content is aligned with outcomes keyed to Academic and Development Standards developed by the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. The online delivery is designed around the stringent research reviews of the Institute of Educational Sciences. Engaging online activities include personality and career assessments, TED talks, interactive links and activities to the O*Net, online journals, online quizzes and self-evaluations, and other up-to-date web-based materials.
Lastly, the online course will help schools/instructors help students to succeed beyond their college years and distance learning involvement. While the US was once the world leader in college degree completion, the United States is now rated 16th in the world in terms of completion rates for 25- to 34-year-olds. While access and enrollments have increased, graduation rates are slipping, student retention is poor and colleges across the country are scrambling to stem the tide. Many students arrive at college lacking adequate academic skills and unprepared for the rigors of college coursework. As the pressures of poor academic progress compound, many of them change majors or drop out of school altogether prior to graduation. This session will help faculty, counselors and administration guide students to make wise choices by choosing a major and career pathway and remain on their pathway upon completion of this online course.
This online course leads to increased persistence and a lower drop-out rate, which translates into retention, completion and lifelong success. This online initiative thereby contributes to overall student success and the academic and financial health of the institution. Students walk away as lifelong learners, having gained the confidence and skills to succeed not only in college, but in their personal lives and future careers as well. They will be on a guided pathway and your college will be more successful because of this!
• Using the O*NET and Online Career Assessments in Online Courses.
• Incorporating Employability Skills in Online Classes.
• Embedding an Online Librarian in your Online Course.