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Community College Institute: Civic Guided Pathways

March 13 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Civic Guided Pathways: Advancing Student Success by Integrating Civic Learning and Community Engagement into Guided Pathways

Friday, March 13, 2020
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Capital Community College

About the Workshop:
Community Colleges are ideal hubs of civic engagement.  They are at the nexus of public and private pressures to adapt and deliver key educational experiences that advance the economic, social, political, and civic health of our local communities.  “The road to greater justice and equity runs through community colleges.”

In a recent book, Redesigning America’s Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success (2015), the authors argue that what is needed is a comprehensive reform model that transforms the entire college to focus on student success. They proposed a guided pathways model that involves redesigning each part of the student experience, from the stage where students choose programs and start remedial or college-level work to the time of graduation when they move on to further education or careers.  As of 2017, guided pathways reforms are being designed by more than 250 colleges.  However, civic learning and community engagement can advance these efforts while fulfilling the commitment to the public purposes of higher education.

This workshop explores best practices and model programs in community colleges that are effectively advancing institutional learning priorities and student success through the integration of civic learning and community engagement.  Through talks, panels, small group dialogues, assessment models, and gamified action planning, this series of workshops will provide guidance and resources while exploring the unique challenges and opportunities of community colleges and their critical role in preparing students to be informed, active, and mobilized leaders in their communities, states, and the world. 

Participants will:

  • Gain historical context for civic learning and community engagement efforts and prioritization in community colleges
  • Be provided with methodologies and models of making civic learning and community engagement an institutional priority including alignment with guided pathways.
  • Begin a campus plan to integrate civic learning and community engagement an institutional priority to gain support and sustain the work.
  • Contribute to a growing clearinghouse of best practices and model programs for the Community Colleges for Democracy network of Campus Compact.

Though designed for community colleges, this series will also be beneficial for institutions engaging transfer, commuter, and non-traditional students. 



March 13
9:30 am - 3:00 pm


Capital Community College
950 Main St
Hartford, CT 06103 United States
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