Recipients Announced for Special Guided Learning Pathways Funding Round

Minnesota State seeks to support faculty and staff innovation that shows great potential for improving teaching, learning, and access for students across its 33 colleges and universities. This year, the Minnesota State Guided Learning Pathways Special Innovating and Collaborating Toward Equity 2030 funding round had a special focus on Minnesota State Guided Learning Pathways (GLP).

The funding provides resources to support campus teams that are ready to implement, have already implemented, or are in the sustainability stage of Minnesota State GLP that foster equity-centered evidence-based strategies.

Funding Recipients

Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College

The Leveraging and Aligning of Business, Healthcare, and Information Technology Programs at Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College to Create Clearer Pathways that Enhance Student Success

This project will focus on leveraging the business, healthcare, and information technology programs to provide more on-ramps and off-ramps for students at Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College.

Through this project, students enrolled in these program areas will receive the following support:

  • a program-specific post-orientation session,
  • a career interest inventory assessment,
  • a career exploration event, and
  • embedded supports.

Saint Paul College

Light the Fire for First Year Students

Saint Paul College’s Light the Fire for First Year Students project will:

  1. develop Light the Fire coursework in a faculty community of practice and
  2. infuse four (4) Student Career Ambassadors in the AA degree to concentrate efforts on students who choose a major before they know what they want to do.

New students will be encouraged to take at least one “Light the Fire” course in term one. All first semester AA students will be offered career services matched with faculty mentors in related program areas to develop students’ ability to make an informed decision.

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Moonshot Mentoring – Expanding Proven Practice to Close Equity Gaps in Educational Attainment

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s First Year Experience and Liberal Arts programs are Guided Learning Pathway initiatives designed to improve retention and address disparity gaps in performance across student populations. Data suggests positive impacts but with limitations. The university will use consultants to identify and design project outcomes that take into account students’ identities as they underlie peer mentoring success, particularly for students from under-represented groups. A train-the-trainer model will be used to improve curriculum and instruction for students and faculty/staff. Finally, the university will assess outcome measures including retention and qualitative measures of satisfaction, belongingness, professional development, etc. Improvements to these two programs will broadly impact Academic and Student Affairs programming while also aligning with university culture, strategic priorities, and all three of the Minnesota State Guided Learning Pathways pillars.


Learn more about Minnesota State Innovation and Collaboration.

Contact Dr. Robbie Burnett, Director of Innovation and Collaboration. 

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