Goal Setting/Academic Planning

Increasingly, colleges and universities across the country are incorporating research-based, high-impact practices as a part of an effort to enhance student completion rates.  Among those practices are goal-setting and academic planning.  Research shows that students who clearly define academic and career goals and who follow structured curricular pathways are more likely to successfully navigate the educational experience.  Listed here are links to resources that further clarify the importance of student goal-setting and planning.  Review and utilize them as appropriate.

ArticlesHelpful Links

Setting Goals:  Who, Why, How?
Setting Goals:  Who, Why, How? (n.d.).  Retrieved from https://vpal.harvard.edu/publications/setting-goals-who-why-how

Building Guided Pathways: Practical Lessons from Completion by Design Colleges
Completion by Design. (2016, February). Building guided pathways: Practical Lessons from Completion by Design colleges.  Retrieved from http://www.completionbydesign.org/knowledge-center/resource/building-guided-pathways-practical-lessons-from-completion-by-design-colleges

Loss and Momentum Frame Work
Completion by Design. (2014, March). Loss and momentum frame work.  Retrieved from http://www.completionbydesign.org/knowledge-center/resource/loss-and-momentum-frame-work

Completion by Design Pathway Principles
Completion by Design. (2012, March). Completion by Design pathway principles. Retrieved from http://www.completionbydesign.org/knowledge-center/resource/completion-by-design-pathway-principles

The Shapeless River: Does a Lack of Structure Inhibit Students’ Progress at Community Colleges?
Scott-Clayton, J. (2011).  The shapeless river: Does a lack of structure inhibit students’ progress at community colleges? Retrieved from

What We Know About Guided Pathways
Bailey T., Jaggers S., & Jenkins D. (2015, April). What we know about guided pathways.  Retrieved from http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/publications/what-we-know-about-guided-pathways-packet.html

Building Guided Pathways to Accelerate Student Completion– Community College Research Center

Evidence Meets Practice:  Institutional Strategies to Increase College Completion– US Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education