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Guided Pathways

What is Guided Pathways? 

Guided by the carefully crafted Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles, Washington State guided pathways reform is a student-centered framework grounded in equity-minded praxis designed to increase and diversify the students and communities accessing and earning high value community college credentials.  The systemic institutional approach focuses on the construction of a transparent, structured educational experience that effectively engages each student from point of entry to attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials and careers. 

Washington Guided Pathways

The Washington State Guided Pathways Advisory Committee (GPAC) has adopted a Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles grounded in values of Equity and Social Justice, Educational and Career attainment, Learning, Community, and Accountability. 


A system that advances racial, social, and economic justice by achieving equitable student aspiration, access, economic progress, and educational and career attainment.


The Washington Student Success Center works to create an equitable system that prepares all learners to engage in a diverse society and workforce, achieve economic mobility through educational attainment and contribute to a socially just society.

Guiding Principles

  1. Guided Pathways requires urgent, radical, equity-minded, transformation organization change.
  2. Guided Pathways requires a culturally responsive commitment to racial and social equity by dismantling systemic policies and practices that perpetuate inequities.
  3. The voices of students, faculty, staff, and community members are essential to fully engage in adaptive problem focused inquiry processes leading to meaningful action and sustained systemic change.
  4. Guided Pathways requires intentional collaborative learning through partnerships, professional, and resource development.
  5. Guided Pathways requires a focus on learning and outcomes aligned with community values and industry needs.


Kristi Wellington Baker
Student Success Center Director

Lexi Swanson
Administrative Assistant


Why Guided Pathways?

The Washington Round table estimates 740,000 job openings in Washington state by 2021. To fill those jobs, the Round table set a Goal: by the year 2030, 70 percent of Washington students will earn a postsecondary credential by age 26. This requires doubling postsecondary credential 

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