Based on outstanding accomplishments and dedication to student success, Kilgore College has been named a Cadre 1+ college in the Texas Pathways Round Two project, honoring KC’s diligent work and commitment to advancing academic pathway practices.
The $11 million five-year project, administered by the Texas Success Center, a division of the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), is designed to support the implementation of Guided Pathways.
The Guided Pathways framework is composed of four main practice areas: (1) mapping pathways to student end goals; (2) helping students choose and enter a program pathway; (3) keeping students on path; and (4) ensuring that students are learning.
The Texas Success Center organizes community colleges in one-of-four cadres to enable a multi-tiered approach to meet a wide variety of needs by grouping colleges at similar stages.
“The Texas Guided Pathways designation of Cadre 1+ signifies that KC has achieved a tremendous amount of progress toward advancing its student success agenda,” said Dr. Brenda Kays, KC’s President.
“We are honored to receive this designation and be recognized for our leadership in, and efforts toward, redesigning the student experience at KC. We acknowledge the need for ongoing improvement and we’re anticipating that our continued participation in the Texas Guided Pathways movement will further enhance student learning and success at the college.”
Based on the American Association of Community College (AACC) Pathways Model, Texas Pathways is an integrated, system-wide approach to student success based on intentionally designed and clearly structured educational experiences that guide each student effectively and efficiently from the selection of their high school endorsement to entry into higher education and attainment of high-quality credentials and careers.
Texas Pathways Round Two is the next evolutionary step of the pathways strategy to provide continuous support for colleges as they redesign the student experience.
Colleges in Round Two Cadre 1+ have previously implemented all or nearly all Guided Pathways essential practices at scale, and in round two will evaluate implementation and institutionalize ongoing review and improvements.
“Texas is very fortunate to have a set of funding partners willing to invest in the important work of the community colleges. The Texas Success Center and our funding partners are impressed by the college commitment to design and implement pathways,” said Dr. Cynthia Ferrell, Vice President of the Texas Success Center. “We are excited to work with Kilgore College as they continue to transform student experiences.”
For more information regarding Texas Pathways, please visit https://tacc.org/tsc.
About the Texas Success Center:
The Texas Success Center, a member of the national Student Success Center Network, supports TACC colleges’ efforts to improve student success and directs Texas Pathways, a statewide strategy focused on building capacity for community colleges to design, implement, and continuously improve structured academic and career pathways at scale, for all students. For more information, visit https://www.tacc.org/pages/texas-success-center/what-we-do.
The Student Success Center Network, a group of state-based student success centers, JFF, national partners, and local and national funders, champions a shared vision to dramatically and equitably increase the number of students earning postsecondary credentials with labor market value. For more information, visit https://www.jff.org/what-we-do/impact-stories/student-success-center-network/.