Arkansas Guided Pathways
Kresge Foundation

Participating colleges are developing better “pathways” for students to enter and complete programs of study.  Three primary strategies are involved in building better pathways.  First, better “on ramps” for students to select and enter a program of study, including improved career exploration and advising for new undecided students, accelerated and even contextualized developmental ed, and “meta majors” that allows students to explore a broad range of majors before selecting a final program of study.  Second, more structured programs of study, including default degree plans with default sequencing of courses and predictable course schedules (even block schedules if possible). Third, proactive monitoring of student progress and provision of support services.  

Participating colleges are:

  • ASU Beebe
  • ASU Newport
  • College of the Ouachitas
  • North Arkansas College
  • NorthWest Arkansas Community College
  • Phillips Community College of the UA
 

Math Pathways to Completion

Arkansas was selected as one of five states to be part of the Math Pathways to Completion initiative being managed by The Dana Center at the University of Texas.  This initiative will be coordinated in Arkansas by ADHE with ACC. Math Pathways for Completion (otherwise known as New Mathways) has developed three alternative math pathways for students depending on their program of study:  Quantitative Reasoning, Statistical Reasoning, and revised STEM. A single developmental course, Foundations of Mathematics, is the feeder course into all three pathways. The Arkansas colleges are pursuing the development of a Quantitative Reasoning course primarily, but several are also developing a Statistical Reasoning course and a Foundations of Math or other redesigned developed course(s). 

Participating colleges are:

  • ASU Beebe
  • ASU Newport
  • College of the Ouachitas
  • National Park College
  • North Arkansas College
  • NorthWest Arkansas Community College
  • Phillips Community College of the UA
 

Institutional Research Project
Kresge Foundation

This project supports the development and setup of a SAS Datamart at participating colleges which can be used for producing longitudinal and other data reporting. The project is expected to be concluded by early spring 2015. Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina is the consulting entity and the developer of the SAS Datamart tool. 

Participating colleges are:

  • Arkansas Northeastern College
  • ASU Beebe
  • ASU Mountain Home
  • Black River Technical College
  • College of the Ouachitas
  • East Arkansas Community College
  • National Park College
  • North Arkansas College
  • NorthWest Arkansas Community College
  • Ozarka College
  • Phillips Community College of the UA
  • SAU Tech
  • UACC Rich Mountain
 

Working Families Success Network (WFSN) Community College Expansion
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Bank of America Foundation

Participating colleges are expanding non-academic support services for students, including financial education and financial coaching aimed at helping students better understand and manage their household budget and expenses which includes but is not limited to paying for college.  College are creating access to innovative financial services developed for college students by the Center for Financial Service Innovation, and access to income supports such as emergency grants and public benefits to better help students manage their financial lives.  The project is being managed by Achieving the Dream. Arkansas is one of four participating states.  

Participating colleges are:

  • College of the Ouachitas
  • East Arkansas Community College
  • North Arkansas College
  • Phillips Community College of the UA
 

Academy for College Excellence (ACE)
Kresge Foundation

Participating colleges are developing a non-cognitive, affective domain intervention to support student success based on the ACE model.  The intervention focuses on building student’s sense of academic self-efficacy and college identity, improving students’ individual and team communication skills, and developing students’ self-control and perseverance. ACE has developed a non-cognitive assessment tool that assesses and measures student improvement in these affective dimensions.  

Participating Colleges are:

  • ASU Newport
  • College of the Ouachitas
  • Ozarka College
  • Phillips Community College of the UA
 

Accelerating Opportunity
Arkansas Department of Career Education, Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Participating colleges are building specific career and technical education program pathways that integrate basic skills instruction into career and technical education program classes. The colleges are partnering with their adult education programs and using adult education instructors to teach the integrated basic skills, using the I-BEST model pioneered in Washington State.  GED students are targeted so that they can more quickly enter a college credit program and earn their GED as part of their basic skills instruction, thus eliminating the need to earn a GED first before entering college. Participating colleges target welding, HVAC, mechatronics, machining, diesel technology, medical terminology, and cosmetology.

Participating colleges are:

  • ASU Beebe
  • ASU Mid-South
  • College of the Ouachitas
  • UA Cossatot
 

Accelerated Learning Program

All Arkansas community colleges have implemented the Accelerated Learning Program model of enrolling more students in College English classes while providing a co-requisite or supplemental instructional lab to address remedial needs. A $15 million federal grant enabled this work to be scaled across the state. Some colleges are doing a co-requisite model for college math courses.