Texas Pathways Institute

Mapping Pathways to Student Post-Completion Goals 

November 1-3, 2023 | Houston, TX 


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Scaling Talent Pathways 

In every community college across our state, the Talent Strong Texas Pathways strategy is being scaled and institutionalized to increase the number of students who reach their end goal of a good career with living wages. With unified support from Texas community college CEOs, the Texas legislature passed historic legislation to overhaul the state’s funding of community colleges, and to ensure that colleges have laser focus on serving students. This work is not new. For five years now, the Texas Success Center and member colleges have made great strides in our joint statewide reform effort 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.  

Mapping Pathways to Student Post-Completion Goals builds on the past successes of Texas colleges which have been working to break down silos between continuing education, workforce training programs, degree-granting programs, and transfer programs by dismantling barriers to access and success in high-value Talent Pathways. This institute highlights the innovation and evidence-based strategies occurring throughout the state to scale 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 employer-lead and 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 highlight innovation and evidence-based practices employed by Texas community colleges to achieve large-scale whole college institutional reform. College leadership teams participating in this event will consider their role and responsibility for accelerating progress toward these three objectives. 

Institute Purposes

As a result of actively engaging in Mapping Pathways to Student Post-Completion Goals college leadership teams will:  

  1. Consider findings and reflections from national experts and successful Texas colleges to inform and accelerate whole-college redesign efforts of Talent Pathways. 

  2. Engage with fellow Texas community college leaders in a peer learning network designed to implement essential practices associated with Pillar 1: Map Pathways to Student Post-Completion Goals throughout the institution. 

  3. Analyze data to gain insights into program access and completion 

  4. 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

Institute Attendees

Each college is asked to select and bring a Pathways leadership team that includes the CEO and core cabinet-level team members who are responsible for designing inclusive talent pathways. 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 Workforce Officer 
  • Chief Continuing Education Officer 
  • Others: 

           · Dual Credit Partnership Lead 
           · Transfer Programs Lead 
           · Adult Basic Education Lead 
           · Chief Student Services Officer 
           · Chief Information Officer 
           · Institutional Research Lead  
           · Communications Lead 

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