Our alignment work throughout education includes aligning academic student learning outcomes with the world of work, ensuring that students are college and career ready. IEBC has been supporting Pathways of Study for community colleges through our process known as “Curriculum to Career Choices (CtCC) SmartPathways.”
Our work in Pathways of Study focuses on better aligning academic student learning outcomes (SLOs) with employer-expected competencies. We have pioneered a simple process that first and foremost engages faculty in examining how their student learning outcomes align with careers/occupations in a Pathway of Study.
This process, called Curriculum to Career Choices SmartPathways and known as CtCC, is a collaborative, program-centered design process that ensures the academic learning experiences identified by faculty can align to the expectations identified by employers. The process ensures that a Pathways of Study program is meaningful, not simply a rearrangement of courses to call them a Pathway. IEBC’s CtCC experts work with an institution’s faculty to create alignment in as little as one semester.
The CtCC process works in three stages:
- Stage I builds on the deep work that colleges have done, mapping their programs and placing them into clusters or meta majors. Regional needs are considered and we facilitate selections about which pathways are best suited to begin the work. IEBC’s team works closely with the local institutional leadership and team championing the endeavor. CareerOneStop Competency Models and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) descriptions of the competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities) serve as the basis for a facilitated and faculty-driven collaborative process for creating SmartPathways.
- Stage II includes facilitated faculty-focused collaborations. The central focus is on faculty work to identify where pathway and course SLOs align with employer-expected competencies and to address any gaps, where appropriate. Work is conducted between the meetings to ensure the process is ongoing.
- Stage III finalizes the work, developing strategies for closing the identified gaps. Faculty revisit identified misalignments to ensure these have been addressed. A plan is developed for ensuring knowledge and practice are kept current. A final meeting begins the implementation phase, integrating faculty-identified SLOs into the pathway curriculum.
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