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how does ISSAQ align to "guided pathways"?

"Guided Pathways" is the hottest topic in the community college sector right now. The work put forth by Thomas Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars, and Davis Jenkins, Redesigning America's Community Colleges, began a national wave of innovation. At its core, the movement focuses on four key strategic principles:

  • Clarifying paths to student success;

  • Guiding students to those paths;

  • Helping students stay on track;

  • Emphasizing student learning.

The American Association of Community Colleges, along with a consortium of organizations from across higher education, has helped several institutions implement these strategic principles. States such as California have also supported institutions in these efforts.


Yet too many colleges are still struggling to understand how to adapt their strategy, culture, and practice to be more aligned to the Pathways movement. Others are adopting costly, wide-sweeping practices or technologies without addressing key strategic or cultural principles that could still impeded student success.

At DIA, we are here to help institutions seeking to be more aligned to the Pathways movement, but may not have access to some of the existing supported initiatives. ISSAQ helps colleges bring the these principles to life in several ways:

  • Using noncognitive assessment, ISSAQ helps institutions build a true holistic assessment model, going beyond multiple academic measures to include key predictors of academic success and persistence.

  • Training services such as cocurricular alignment and process mapping help institutions understand and build meaningful pathways that integrate student academic and cocurricular experiences.

  • Information services provide data on key student subpopulations, major predictors of success, and institutional pain points that can help focus strategy and practice on improving student persistence.

The innovations of the Guided Pathways movement are central to the future success of community colleges and their students. At DIA, we're committed to not just those strategic innovations, but helping institutions connect them to every-day practice.

To learn more about ISSAQ, simply complete the contact form below with "ISSAQ" in the subject.

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