Texas Pathways Institute

Leading Talent Strong Texas Pathways 

April 12-14, 2023 | Dallas, TX 

In every community college across our state, the Texas Pathways strategy is being implemented and scaled to increase the number of students who reach their end goal of a good career with living wages. Over the past five years, this statewide reform effort and associated Pathways Institutes have been dedicated to the social and economic mobility of Texans, especially those Texans for whom the educational system has least supported well—Black and Latinx students,  and students from low-income backgrounds.

The Texas Success Center is pleased to launch the next phase of our joint Texas Pathways work with an updated five-year strategic plan and refined Talent Strong Texas Pathways strategy. Talent Strong Texas Pathways builds on the past successes of Texas Pathways and TRUE Pathways work, and re-affirms and codifies the Texas community colleges’ shared commitment to building educational pathways designed to eliminate widespread poverty, unemployment, and their heavy impact on Texans and the Texas economy. The foundational values and practices of our pathways work continue, while this institute launches our collective commitment to the new iteration of our strategy. Our shared goal of the Talent Strong Texas Pathways effort is scaling statewide accessible and inclusive talent pathways clearly directing students through intentionally designed programs beginning with short-term credentials and early workplace learning, leading toward meaningful employment, further workforce and transfer education attainment, and career advancement.     

The Talent Strong Texas Pathways strategy provides support for community college leaders’ efforts in implementing and scaling essential pathways practices for improving the inclusive flow of talented workers to good careers by:

  1. supporting students reaching their end goal of good careers by scaling clear talent pathways in key programs at every community college;
  2. actively engaging education and workforce partnerships building labor market-responsive short-term credentials aligned within longer-term workforce and transfer program talent pathways to high-demand, high-wage, and valued careers; and
  3. expanding comprehensive student supports, including basic need supports and a caring college culture that both nurtures students’ sense of belonging and aids all students’ academic achievement.

The Texas Success Center designed this institute to both honor and support senior leaders guiding this large-scale institutional reform strategy. Leaders participating in this event will consider their role and responsibility for accelerating progress toward these three objectives.


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Institute Purposes 

As a result of actively engaging in Leading Talent Strong Texas Pathways, college leadership teams will:

  • Consider findings and reflections from national experts and successful Texas colleges to inform and accelerate whole-college redesign efforts of pathways.
  • Engage with fellow Texas community college leaders in a peer learning network designed to implement essential leadership practices throughout the institution.
  • Analyze data to gain insights into credential completion and transfer into 4-year institutions.
  • Develop detailed action plans for scaling the Talent Strong Texas Pathways strategy to promote improved student outcomes, especially for Black and Latinx students, and students from low-income backgrounds.


Pathways Winners 2022

Institute Attendees

As this institute launches the Talent Strong Texas Pathways strategy and focuses on college leadership, each college is asked to select and bring a leadership team that includes the CEO and core cabinet-level team which will attend all future institutes and lead the whole-college redesign efforts. Registration and hotel accommodations for seven members of the college team will be covered by the Texas Success Center.

Suggested Institute Team:

  • President/Chancellor/Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Pathways Lead (if different from CAO)
  • Chief Student Services Officer
  • Chief Continuing Education Officer
  • Others:
    • Institutional Research Lead
    • Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer 
    • President of Faculty Senate
    • Chief Workforce Officer
    • Dual Credit Partnership Lead
    • Transfer Programs Lead
Featured Speakers
Dr. Maggie Fay
Maggie P. Fay, Ph.D
Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center
Photo of Davis Jenkins
Davis Jenkins, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scholar
Community College Research Center (CCRC)
Dr. Richard Rhodes
Richard Rhodes, Ph.D.
CEO & Chancellor, Austin Community College
Lenore Rodicio
Lenore Rodicio, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, College Excellence Program, Aspen Institute
J. Wyner
Josh Wyner, J.D.
Founder & Executive Director of the College Excellence Program
Aspen Institute


Wednesday, April 12, 2023

10:00 – 1:30

Pre-Institutes - Lunch provided for registrants

2:00 – 3:15

Opening Plenary

3:30 – 4:45

Team Strategy Time 1

5:00 – 7:00



Thursday, April 13, 2023

7:00 – 8:00


8:00 – 8:50

Panel Conversation & Data Ditty

9:00 – 10:00

Concurrent Session 1

10:15 – 11:45

Team Strategy Time 2

11:45 – 12:45

Teams Networking Lunch

12:00 – 3:00

Leadership Roundtable with Josh Wyner (CEOs Only)

1:00 – 2:00

Concurrent Session 2

2:15 – 3:15

Birds of a Feather

3:30 – 5:00

Team Strategy Time 3


Adjourn - Dinner on Your Own


Friday, April 14, 2023

7:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 10:00

Team Strategy Time 4

10:15 – 11:30

Closing Plenary