Based on outstanding accomplishments and dedication to student success, Midland College
(MC) has been selected to participate in Texas Pathways. The $11 million five-year
grant, administered by the Texas Success Center, a division of the Texas Association
of Community Colleges, is designed to support the implementation of guided pathways.
The Center organizes community colleges in one of four cadres to support the redesign
of student experiences. Midland College has been recognized as a Cadre 1+ college
in the Texas Pathways strategy, honoring its diligent work and commitment to advancing
“We implemented the Guided Pathways to Success initiative about four years ago,” explained
MC President Dr. Steve Thomas. “We now have data verifying that the initiative works.
More of our students are graduating with credentials that allow them to transfer to
four-year institutions and/or be successful in the booming Permian Basin economy.
It’s very exciting, and ultimately, the impact will be considerable for Midland College,
as well for our community.”
Based on the American Association of Community College (AACC) Pathways Model, Texas
Pathways is an integrated, system-wide approach to student success that focuses on
intentionally designed and clearly structured educational experiences that guide each
student effectively and efficiently from the selection of their high school endorsement
to entry into higher education and attainment of high-quality credentials and careers.
Texas Pathways Round Two is the next evolutionary step of the pathways strategy to
provide continuous support for colleges as they redesign the student experience. Cadres
enable a multi-tiered approach to meet a wide variety of needs by grouping colleges
at similar stages. Colleges in Round Two Cadre 1+ have previously implemented all
or nearly all guided pathways essential practices at scale, and in Round Two will
evaluate implementation and institutionalize ongoing review and improvements.
“Texas is very fortunate to have a set of funding partners willing to invest in the
important work of community colleges,” said Dr. Cynthia Ferrell, vice president of
the Texas Success Center. “We and our funding partners are impressed by the college
commitment to design and implement pathways. We are excited to work with Midland
College as they continue to transform student experiences.”