Guided Pathways

Helping students complete faster is the idea behind Guided Pathways, a national movement that is sweeping across higher education in America. A number of colleges and universities are redesigning academic programs and support services to create more clearly structured and educationally coherent program pathways to meet student's end goals. Experts say that college students are more likely to complete a degree in a timely fashion if they choose a program and develop an academic plan early on, and have a clear road map of the courses they need to take to complete a credential.

The University of Hawai'i Community College System has adopted this national Guided Pathways approach with the implementation of the Student Success Pathway Initiative that includes many tactics and strategies to make it easier for students to navigate through a complex and often confusing array of programs, courses and support services. To learn more about all the different tactics being implemented via the Student Success Pathway Initiative, go to the Student Success Council Resource Center website.

To align itself with the national movement and create tangible assets that contribute to the guiding principles behind the Student Success Pathway Initiative, the University of Hawai'i System developed an online registration and graduation audit application called the STAR Guided Pathways System (GPS). Like a Global Positioning System for cars, the University of Hawai'i's STAR GPS starts with the end goal and provides a clear, individualized pathway for each semester and recalculates when a student deviates from that path.

Now, every single student entering any one of the ten campuses of the University of Hawai'i System will have a clear individualized "guided pathway GPS" to their credential with intentional student support systems in place.

By offering students a clear choice of classes, we are helping students decrease educational costs and shorten the time to finish their degree.

See the STAR Guided Pathway System (GPS) video that explains it all.

The Implementation of a Guided Pathway System and Its Impact on Student Success
An article by Rachel Mullins Veney and Lara H. Sugimoto.
Transforming Higher Education: The Guided Pathways Approach

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