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Jaekel, Kathryn S.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


Guided pathways is a nationwide whole-college reform that aims to improve college completion rates and times for students, especially in the community college sector. This multisite case study sought to explore how pathways institutions supported students to better align with the right academic and career programs. Through individual semi-structured interviews, faculty members and advisors reflected on if and how they collaborated to better serve students in this capacity. Three themes emerged during data analysis and were reported in narrative form: a.) divergent faculty and advising attitudes about pathways reforms, b.) inconsistent perceptions on levels of collaboration, and c.) criticisms and suggested improvements from the participants. These findings indicated that a blended approach of cultural and structural changes could strengthen communication and collaboration between academic and student affairs. When institutions deliberately and comprehensively implemented these reforms, students are likely to be better engaged as they make the important decision of selecting a good-fitting academic or career pathway.


103 pages




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