Guided Pathways

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Guided Pathways is an effort to provide students with clear, coherent education maps that include course sequences, progress milestones, and learning outcomes for any program of study. Guided Pathways assists students in understanding the steps they need to take to graduate with a degree or certificate at LBCC. 


The Four Pillars of Guided Pathways
  • Clarify the Pathway
  • Getting Students on the Pathway
  • Keeping Students on the Pathway
  • Ensuring Students are Learning
Clarify the Pathway
To help students understand their academic pathways, LBCC has created program maps for each major. These maps tell a student exactly what courses they need to take to complete a program of study and when they need to take them.
Getting Students on the Pathway
LBCC will help students find the right academic path for their needs by providing advising and support during the admissions process.
Keeping Students on the Pathway
Each LBCC student has an assigned advisor with required check-ins. Students receive information such as transfer options and career opportunities at the end of their pathways.
Ensuring Students are Learning
LBCC is establishing clear program outlines for each degree and certificate offered. Faculty are also given training opportunities so they can incorporate effective teaching practice throughout the pathways.


With these four pillars, LBCC will help students locate the right academic pathways for their situations, help them plan their academic careers from start to finish, and connect them to advisors and ambassadors along the way so they are supported in their education choices.




As part of Guided Pathways, LBCC has placed all college academic degrees and certificate programs into seven different Meta Majors - or umbrella categories - so each certificate or degree program fits under a large, overall heading.

With these Meta Majors, LBCC can implement things like common first terms for students in the same major.

LBCC uses the following seven Meta Majors:



  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Agricultural Business Management Emphasis
  • Animal Sciences Emphasis
  • Animal Technology
  • Animal Technology Horse Management
  • Crop Production
  • Equine Science (Emphasis)
  • Horticulture (AAS)
  • Horticulture (Emphasis) (AS)


  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounting Technology
  • Business Administration (Emphasis) (AS)
  • Business Administration (AAOT)
  • Economics (AS)
  • Economics (AAOT)
  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business
  • Event Management
  • Merchandising Management (Emphasis)
  • Practical Business Management
  • Retail Management

Education and Social Services  

  • Child and Family Studies (AAS)
  • Child and Family Studies (OYC)
  • Child Care Director
  • Childhood Care and Education
  • Criminal Justice (AAS)
  • Criminal Justice (AAOT)
  • Human Development and Family Science: Child Development Option
  • Human Development and Family Science: Human Services Option
  • Juvenile Corrections
  • Liberal Studies: Pre-Elementary Education Option
  • Psychology (Emphasis)
  • Sociology (Emphasis)
  • Working with Families

Health and Healthcare & Nutrition and Culinary

  • Coding and Reimbursement Specialist
  • Computed Tomography
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dental Assistant
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Exercise and Sport Science & Health Promotion
  • Exercise and Sport Science (Emphasis)
  • Health Management and Policy (Emphasis)
  • Health Promotion and Behavior (Emphasis)
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Food Service Systems (Emphasis)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phelbotomy
  • Polysomnographic Technology
  • Pre-Professional Dental Hygiene Preparation
  • Veterinary Assistant

Applied Industrial Technology & Transportation

  • Advanced Water Technology
  • Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair
  • Automotive Technology
  • CADD
  • CNC Machinist
  • Construction and Forestry Equipment Technology
  • Drinking Water
  • Electrician Apprenticeship Technologies (AAS)
  • Electrician Apprenticeship Technologies (OYC)
  • Heavy Equipment/Diesel Technology
  • Industrial and Building Mechanic
  • Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology Apprenticeship
  • Limited Electrician Apprentice Technologies
  • Machine Tool Technology (AAS)
  • Machine Tool Technology (OYC)
  • Mechatronics/Industrial Automation Technology
  • Mechatronics: Industrial Refrigeration
  • Mechatronics: Maintenance
  • Non-Destructive Test and Evaluation
  • Public Works
  • Wastewater Technology
  • Water, Environment & Technology
  • Welding and Fabrication Technology (AAS)
  • Welding and Fabrication Technology (OYC)

Arts & Humanities  

  • Anthropology
  • Art (Emphasis)
  • Communication (Emphasis)
  • Digital Imaging and Prepress Technology
  • English (Emphasis)
  • Foreign Language (Emphasis)
  • History (Emphasis)
  • Journalism and Mass Communication (Emphasis)
  • Liberal Studies
  • Music (Emphasis)
  • Music
  • Political Science (Emphasis)
  • Religious Studies (Emphasis)
  • Theater (Emphasis)
  • Theater
  • Visual Communication

Science, Engineering, and Math & Computer Science

  • Basic Networking
  • Biological Sciences (Emphasis)
  • Chemistry (Emphasis)
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Computer Science: Applied Computer Science Option
  • Computer Science: Computer Systems Option
  • Engineering (Emphasis)
  • Environmental Sciences (Emphasis)
  • Food and Fermentation Science (Emphasis)
  • General Science (Emphasis)
  • Geology (Emphasis)
  • Mathematics (Emphasis)
  • Network and Systems Administration
  • Physics (Emphasis)
  • Systems Administration
  • Web/Database Technology


See our Programs of Study page for more information.




A key element to Guided Pathways is providing students with coherent educational plans.

LBCC has created term guides and plans for every degree and certificate at LBCC so students can enter into their major and follow these maps from start to finish.

Each map includes check-ins with advisors and opportunities such as when to apply to Oregon State University for transfer degrees as well as the relative degree of math and writing needed for each pathway.

Here is an example of a program map given to students:


Program Map: Economics emphasis, associate of science. Pathway: Fall Year 1, Winter Year 1, Spring Year 1, Fall Year 2, Winter Year 2, Spring Year 2


2015 Summer
2016 Winter
2016 Spring
2016 Fall
2017 Winter
2017 Spring
2017 Summer
2017 Fall
2018 Summer
2018 Fall
2019 Fall

2015 Summer

New Student Center created (Getting Students on the Path)

Winter 2016

First draft of program maps (Clarifying the Pathways)

Institute #1 - Leadership for Transformational Change: Implementing Pathways at Scale

Spring 2016

Institute #2 - Pathway Design I – Mapping Pathways through the Institution

Fall 2016

Math Dev Ed Redesign (Keeping Students on the Pathway)

Institute #3 - Redesigning Student Intake Systems and Ongoing Academic and Non-Academic Supports

Winter 2017

Center for Learning Innovation re-established (Ensuring Students are Learning)

Institute #4 - Ensuring Students are Learning and Progressing along the Pathway

Spring 2017

Faculty given demographics information to know more about their students (Keeping Students on the Path)

Summer 2017

Second draft of program maps (Clarifying the Pathways)

Meta areas created (Clarifying the Pathways)

Meta advisers assigned (Getting Students on the Pathways)

Institute #5 - Pathway Design II: Pathways to Transfer and Employment

Fall 2017

Institute #6 - Policy Meets Pathways: Governing Board Roles and Policy Change

Summer 2018

Advisers assigned for every student. (Getting Stduents on the Pathway, Keeping Students on the Pathway)

Communication plans established between student and adviser (Keeping Students on the Pathway)

Fall 2018 (WE ARE HERE)

Degree Works implemented (Keeping Students on the Pathway, Ensuring Students are Learning)

Version 2.0 of program maps launched (Clarifying the Pathways)

Fall 2019

Multi-term scheduling