Arkansas Guided Pathways
Kresge Foundation, JFF/Gates Foundation

Participating colleges are developing better “pathways” for students to enter and complete programs of study based on the national reform movement known as guided pathways.  ACC secured a $650,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to support the first cohort of participating colleges (with some funding left over now supporting cohort 2), and worked with Jobs For Future (JFF) to secure a $14 million grant to provide additional support to student success centers across the country and their members colleges to implement guided pathways reforms.

Cohort 1:

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

Cohort 2:

  • Arkansas Northeastern College
  • Black River Technical College
  • East Arkansas Community College
  • National Park College
  • South Arkansas College
  • Southeast Arkansas College
  • SAU Tech
  • UA Community College at Morrilton
  • UA Community College at Batesville
  • UA Cossatot
  • UA Pulaski Technical College
 

Math Pathways to Completion/Co-requisite Developmental Math Instruction

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 and funded by the Gates Foundation.  ACC helped the Dana Center secure a $650,000.  This initiative is being managed by ADHE and ACC. The project involves not only developing multiple college level math courses, but adopting co-requisite remedial instruction approaches to prepare the majority of students for those college math courses. Participating colleges include:

Participating colleges are:

  • All 22 community colleges in Arkansas
  • All 11 public four year colleges
  • 2 private four year colleges (Harding University, College of the Ozarks)
 

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
 

Accelerating Opportunity
Arkansas Department of Career 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
  • Black River Technical College
  • College of the Ouachitas
  • North Arkansas College
  • SAU Tech
  • UA Cossatot