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Resources for Guided Pathways development at Pierce College


Academic Senate for California Community Colleges - Resolution: Inclusion of Library Faculty on Cross-Functional Teams for Guided Pathways and Other Student Success Initiatives

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Local Senates

Whereas, California community colleges continue to engage in numerous student success initiatives, including California Community College Guided Pathways Award Program, Student Equity, and Basic Skills Initiative;

Whereas, The importance of libraries for student success has not been fully recognized or explored in the language or implementation of such initiatives, and often library faculty have not been encouraged to participate in developing the corresponding plans;

Whereas, Numerous studies demonstrate that students who use the library are more successful in college; they earn better grades and are more likely to complete their courses and programs of study,[1] and studies show that collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning, and information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes;[2] and

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has several resolutions (including Resolutions 16.01 S08, 2.02 S12, and 7.01 S12) encouraging the inclusion and involvement of library faculty in the student success initiatives;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to ensure library faculty are included on cross-functional teams for student success initiatives and guided pathways frameworks.


[1] Association of College and Research Libraries. Academic Library Impact on Student Learning and Success: Findings from Assessment in Action Team Projects. April 2017.  

(PDF available below):

See also:

Association of College and Research Libraries. Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success Website URL:

[2] Ibid.

Bailey, Thomas R. 2017. Guided Pathways at Community Colleges: From Theory to Practice. Association of American Colleges and Universities.

________. 2015. Redesigning America's Community Colleges: a Clearer Path to Student Success. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Pierce Library: LB 2328 B26 2015

California Community College Libraries and Guided Pathways: Reflections and Action Planning from April 2018 Collaborative Workshops (PDF available below)

Dadgar, M., Smith-Arillaga, E., Buck, D., Sinclair, B., Fischerhall, C., & Brown, K. (2017). Bringing Student Voices to Guided Pathways Inquiry and Design. Oakland, CA: Career Ladders Project. (PDF available below)


Baker, Rachel. 2018. “Understanding College Students’ Major Choices Using Social Network Analysis.” Research in Higher Education 59 (2): 198–225. doi:10.1007/s11162-017-9463-1.  [NOTE: Log in with Pierce ID to view this article.]

Caballos, Antonia and Kathy James. 2017. Redesigning Austin Community College: Transformation Through Integrated Technology. Educause Review.

GENERALS, GUY. 2017. “Too Many Choices Can Paralyze Ambitious Students.” Community College Week 29 (25): 8. [NOTE: Log in with Pierce ID to view this article.]

Rife, Martine Courant, and Christine Conner. 2017. “Intentionally Linking Gateway-Course Transformation Efforts with Guided Pathways.” New Directions for Higher Education 2017 (180): 89–97. doi:10.1002/he.20264.  [NOTE: Log in with Pierce ID to view this article.]

Todaro, Julie B. 2016. Libraries Transform in a Community College. American Libraries

Van Noy, Michelle, Madeline Trimble, Davis Jenkins, Elisabeth Barnett, and John Wachen. 2016. “Guided Pathways to Careers.” Community College Review 44 (4): 263–85. doi:10.1177/0091552116652939.