Guided Pathways

Providing clarity, equity and support for every student



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. 

In addition, it also connects students to resources and advisors at key points along the way so no student is left without help when planning their education.

LBCC has joined 30 other initial colleges selected to participate in the Pathways Project led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Guided Pathways focuses on four main goals in order to boost student success and completion rates:

  • Clarify the Pathway
  • Getting Students on the Pathway
  • Keeping Students on the Pathway
  • Ensuring Students are Learning

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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.



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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.



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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.



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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.



What has LBCC done so far in our Guided Pathways implementation?


Find out more about Guided Pathways at the national level

What are the leaders from LBCC learning at Guided Pathways Institutes?



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:



Degrees & Certificates

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  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Agricultural Business Management Emphasis
  • Animal Sciences Emphasis
  • Animal Technology
  • Animal Technology Horse Management
  • Equine Science (Emphasis)


Applied Industrial Technology & Transportation

Degrees & Certificates

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  • 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
  • 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

Degrees & Certificates

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  • 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


Degrees & Certificates

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  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounting Technology
  • Business Administration (Emphasis) (AS)
  • Business Administration (AAOT)
  • Economics (AS)


Education & Social Services

Degrees & Certificates

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  • 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


Healthcare, Health & Culinary

Degrees & Certificates

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  • 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
  • Phlebotomy
  • Polysomnographic Technology
  • Pre-Professional Dental Hygiene Preparation


Science, Engineering, Math & Computer Science

Degrees & Certificates

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  • 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.

See our Area of Study page for more information.





Summer 2012: Achieving the Dream Kickoff Institute
Achieving the Dream was an institutional effort to make student intervention decisions based on data. This project exposed LBCC to data-driven decision making and proved to be a natural lead-in to Guided Pathways due to the nature of using data as a way to guide students and an interest in exploring ways to boost student success rates.


Fall 2013: Advanced Learning Placement Courses Offered

Winter 2014: Achieving the Dream Presentations
LBCC presented to consortium of rural Oregon Achieving the Dream schools.


Winter 2015: Achieving the Dream Presentations
LBCC presented at DREAM Conference in Baltimore, MD.


Summer 2015: New Student Center Created
The New Student Center at LBCC was created in order to guide students into their first term by providing academic planning opportunities and making sure students chose a meta and/or major. The New Student Center also provides opportunity for students to take placement testing in Math and Writing to ensure that they meet developmental education requirements. The New Student Center helps students choose and enter an academic pathway.

Fall 2015: LBCC Joins AACC Guided Pathways Project

Winter 2016: AACC Institute 1
LBCC attended the Guided Pathways Institute Leadership for Transformational Change: Implementing Pathways at Scale.

Spring 2016: AACC Institute 2
LBCC attended the Guided Pathways Institute Pathway Design I – Mapping Pathways through the Institution.


Fall 2016: Math Dev Ed Redesign

Fall 2016: Updated Program Learning Outcomes

Fall 2016: Program Maps - First Draft
The Guided Pathways team worked with deans and faculty to create program maps that would give students a clear guide to which courses to complete and when in order to satisfy the requirements of their major and graduate on time. These program maps provide detailed course progressions that students can follow during their time at LBCC. This step clarifies the pathways a student can take to complete their degree or certificate.

Fall 2016: AACC Institute 3
LBCC attended the Guided Pathways Institute Redesigning Student Intake Systems and Ongoing Academic and Non-Academic Supports.

Fall 2016: Program Learning Outcomes Updated

Fall 2016: Advising Center Established

Fall 2016: Faculty Assess Student Learning

Winter 2017: Center for Learning Innovation Re-Established
The Center for Learning Innovation was re-established in order to guide teachers and educate them on better teaching practices. Better teaching practices implemented in the classroom helps ensure that students are learning in their academic pathway.

Winter 2017: AACC Institute 4
LBCC attended the Guided Pathways Institute Ensuring Students are Learning and Progressing along the Pathway.

Spring 2017: Demographics
The Office of Data and Decision Support (Institutional Research) provided faculty with general demographics information on their incoming students so that faculty could better serve their student populations.


Summer 2017: Second Draft of Program Maps

Summer 2017: Meta Areas Created
LBCC faculty and deans worked to sort all LBCC majors into seven meta areas. These meta areas help to clarify and sort academic pathways for students.

Summer 2017: Meta Advisors Assigned

Summer 2017: AACC Institute 5
LBCC attends the Guided Pathways Institute Pathway Design II: Pathways to Transfer and Employment.

Fall 2017: AACC Institute 6
LBCC attended the Guided Pathways Institute Policy Meets Pathways:­ ­Governing Board Roles and Policy Change.


Summer 2018: Advisors Assigned for Every Student
Communication plans are also established between student and advisor.

Fall 2018: DegreeWorks Implemented
DegreeWorks, a degree planning software, is implemented for all of the college. Advisors use DegreeWorks to help with academic planning for students such that students stay on their academic pathways.

Fall 2018: Version 2.0 of Program Maps Launched
Version 2.0 of maps includes a list view function based on student feedback.