Guided Pathways

Advising and Student Success

The Advising and Student Success Center is made up of a team of dedicated Guided Pathways Professional Academic Advisors who are all committed to creating a learning environment outside of the classroom. Our office primarily seeks to teach each student, through their own decision making and critical thinking - how to take the necessary steps to meet their academic goals alongside Faculty Advisors who are the subject experts in their field. In addition, we encourage and support student self advocation, communication and interaction once enrolled, to ensure that they get the best HCC experience they can.

Guided Pathways Program

In April 2020, the Holistic Case Management Advising (HCMA) policy was approved by the Board of Regents, resulting in the creation of the Guided Pathways Advising (GPA) program. Guided Pathways Advising is a dynamic student- centered holistic approach grounded in student development and learning. Guided Pathways Advisors align advising practices with the diverse and unique needs of each individual student in their caseload. GPAs advise, advocate, mentor, support, and coach their caseload to reach their individual goals.

Our Mission:

All community college students, from initial registration to completion, are supported by Guided Pathways Advisors to establish academic and career goals, receive proactive and individualized academic and holistic supports that result in the timely and equitable completion of credentials that lead to employment, transfer, and family sustainable wages.

Guiding Principles:

  • >Students receive deliberate and personalized supports necessary to contribute to their success.
  • Faculty advising is central to the GPA model.
  • Guided Pathways Advising is grounded in institutional collaboration.
  • Commitment to bold and disruptive change through the advancement of equitable advising practices.
  • Guided Pathways Advisors pledge to empower students and staff to advance racial, social, and economic justice while identifying and responding to student barriers.
  • Evidence-based research informs advising practice.
  • Data is collected, disaggregated, analyzed, and reported in a transparent manner.
  • Student voices are amplified by honoring lived experiences and by highlighting their unique assets to develop meaningful advising relationships.
  • Ongoing professional learning and individual staff development is fundamental to the model

The GPA program was launched at HCC during the 2021-2022 Academic year. Students should expect the following activity:

  • All students will be assigned a Guided Pathways Advisor (GPA) in addition to their faculty advisor
  • The GPA program does not replace faculty advising and students should continue to meet with their faculty advisor
  • The GPA will connect with their advisees at beginning of the semester and periodically throughout the semester/year
  • The GPA primary goal is to support students in developing and reaching their academic/career goal(s)
  • The GPA will check-in and provide resources and referrals to promote success
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