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 The Pathways Project 

With generous funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges recently launched a national project focused on building capacity for community colleges to design and implement structured academic and career pathways at scale, for all of their students. Building on emerging research and experience in the field, the project reflects AACC's commitments to follow through on recommendations set forth in the 2012 report of the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, Reclaiming the American Dream, and the 2014 implementation guide, Empowering Community Colleges to Build the Nation’s Future

AACC will serve as the lead organization and fiscal agent for the multi-year grant.  Other grant partners are:

  • Achieving the Dream (ATD)
  • The Aspen Institute
  • Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)
  • Community College Research Center (CCRC)
  • Jobs for the Future (JFF)
  • The National Center for Inquiry and Improvement (NCII) 
  • Public Agenda

Thirty diverse institutions from seventeen states have been selected to participate in intensive Pathways Project work over the next three years. The selection criteria were intentionally rigorous, as the project is designed to help colleges already progressing on a student success agenda to advance that work to the next level.

The Pathways Project Colleges are:

Alamo Colleges (TX)
Bakersfield College (CA)
Broward College (FL)
Cleveland State Community College (TN)
Columbus State Community College (OH)
Community College of Philadelphia (PA)
Cuyahoga Community College (OH)
El Paso Community College (TX)
Front Range Community College (CO)
Indian River State College (FL)
Irvine Valley College (CA)
Jackson College (MI)
Lansing Community College (MI)
Linn-Benton Community College (OR)
Monroe Community College (NY)
Mt. San Antonio College (CA)
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (WI)
Paris Junior College (TX)
Pierce College District (WA)
Prince George’s Community College (MD)
St. Petersburg College (FL)
San Jacinto College (TX)
Skagit Valley College (WA)
Stanly Community College (NC)
South Seattle Community College (WA)
Tallahassee Community College (FL)
Tulsa Community College (OK)
Wallace State College (AL)
Western Wyoming Community College (WY)
Zane State College (OH)

Pathways partners

AACC will serve as the lead organization and fiscal agent for the multi-year grant.  Other grant partners are:



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