California Guided Pathways Project

Institute One

California Guided Pathways Project Institute One

Leadership for Transformational Change: Implementing Pathways at Scale

September 17 - 19, 2017, at The Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa, California. Before registering for the institute, please review all of the information in each section of this page.


  • Ensure clarity about Pathway Project goals, expectations of colleges, and supports for participants.
  • Establish a common definition for guided pathways and their essential elements, as defined for the Pathways Project, and initiate use of aligned tools that Pathways colleges will use for planning and monitoring progress.
  • Reinforce change leadership strategies for implementing pathways at scale.
  • Explore how guided pathways reforms can build on and help to integrate student success strategies already in place in the institution.
  • Build a "case statement" for pathways tailored to individual institution context and current status that will help build urgency and increase momentum for transformational change.
  • Produce draft action plans that delineate next steps in taking pathways reforms to scale at the institution, specifically incorporating strategies for broad campus engagement and needs for professional development and technical assistance.
  • Begin to build an engaged learning network among Pathways Project colleges.


  • Final Agenda
    • The institute will begin with two Pre-Institute Workshops on Sunday, September 17 from 12:30-1:45 p.m.
      • Metrics for Monitoring Student Progress Through Pathways
        NOTE: Mandatory for at least one member from college team.
      • Aligning Student Success Efforts Under the Guided Pathways Framework
        NOTE: Mandatory for at least one member from college team

    • There is a Team Facilitator session with Pathways coaches and partners on Sunday, September 17 at 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

    • All other team members should arrive in time to attend the Opening Plenary Session at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 17. All team members are required to stay throughout the entire Pathways Institute which concludes at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19. Flight departures for all team members should be scheduled after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19.

  • Travel and transportation tips
  • Nearby restaurants
  • Participating colleges

The project will cover various onsite expenses for each five-person college team, including institute registration, a two-night stay at the hotel, meeting materials, and some meals. The respective institution is responsible for arranging travel and transportation and covering those expenses for each participant.

Hotel reservations for September 17 and 18 will be arranged by the Center via a rooming list for those who are registered. Confirmation numbers will be provided to each guest by the end of August 2017.

There is no action needed from registered participants to secure hotel rooms for those two nights.

If you would like to extend your stay at the The Hilton Orange County for the nights of September 16 and 19 at the conference rate of $169/night—based on availability, please email Jessica Pinto (, and she will add the additional night(s) to your reservation.

The hotel cut-off date is August 15, 2017. It is usually easier to reserve an extra evening's hotel stay early on and cancel it (if it is not needed) than to wait until closer to the institute and add a night's stay.

Please keep in mind that although the Center is taking care of each participant's room nights on September 17 and 18, the hotel will still require a major credit card from each guest upon check-in. Individual participants are responsible for any incidental costs, as well as for lodging on additional nights.

If you have any changes to your hotel reservation, please do not contact the hotel directly. Contact Jessica Pinto ( or 512-232-8432), and she will ensure that the changes are made.

Please also see our transportation tips while making preparations for the institute.

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Jessica Pinto at or 512-232-8432 no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.


This institute is limited to the 20 institutions that have an existing Pathways Project participation agreement.

Each participating college will send one team of five people to the institute. The recommended composition for teams follows:

  • President/chancellor *CEO attendance is required*
  • Pathways team facilitator *attendance is required*
  • Others from among the following:
    • Governing board chair
    • Chief academic officer
    • Student services officer
    • Faculty leader(s)

At the time of registration, one person from each team must be designated as the team facilitator. This person will serve as the primary institute contact for their college and will be responsible for organizing their team's completion of advance work.

Depending on space availability, a college may request no later than July 14, 2017, to add up to two additional team members at $1,500 per additional team member. Invoices will be sent electronically to the college president, and payment will be due prior to the institute.

In order to access registration an institutional username and password is required. If you need your institution's username and password to be resent to you, please contact Jessica Pinto at or (512) 232-8432.

The registration deadline for each college's five member team to register is Friday, July 14, 2017.

Cancellation & Substitution Policy

The college team should be finalized no later than Friday, July 14, 2017. Participant substitutions or cancellations must be made with the Center in writing. Due to contractual obligations, the following cancellation policy for teams of 6-7 participants is in effect:

Written notice received: Prior to 5 business days before the institute (no later than Monday, September 11, 2017)

Credit: Additional Participant fee less a $500 cancellation fee

Written notice received: Within 5 business days of the institute

Credit: No credit available

A refund is not available. Credit may be applied to California Guided Pathways Project Institute #2 or future work at the Center.

Registration & Cancellations