Welcome to Pathways
Starting in Fall 2013, CUNY will implement the Pathways initiative across its undergraduate colleges. Pathways is a new system of general education requirements and new transfer guidelines across the University. The goal of Pathways is to reinforce CUNY's educational excellence while easing student transfer between CUNY colleges. We invite you to explore the resources on this page to see how Pathways may affect you.
For Faculty and Staff and other members of the Community
The General Education Committee at CSI provides leadership related to Pathways. For those who wish to review the various CSI models that were proposed and discussed for the Pathways framework, an archive can be accessed here.
In Fall 2013, CUNY implemented the Pathways initiative across its undergraduate colleges. Pathways establishes a new system of general education requirements and new transfer guidelines across the University--and by doing so reinforces CUNY's educational excellence while easing student transfer between CUNY colleges. The CUNY Pathways project discussions are led by CSI's General Education Committee. We invite you to follow those discussions, to learn of the models that led to our approved CSI general education Pathways Framework, and to view how this framework impacts our students.
What Is Pathways?
The Pathways to Degree Completion Initiative is CUNY’s new general education framework which allows students to transfer their general-education, pre-major and elective credits seamlessly among CUNY’s colleges. It guarantees that general education requirements fulfilled at one CUNY college will automatically transfer to another CUNY college and fulfill that area/bucket requirement as well.
In Fall 2013, CUNY implemented the Pathways initiative across its undergraduate colleges to ease student transfer between CUNY colleges, remove roadblocks to student progress and ensure that courses meet high student learning standards. The centerpiece of this initiative is a 30-credit general education Common Core; and for CUNY Senior Colleges, a 6 to 12 credit College Option Requirement.
The City University of New York (CUNY) recognized that it met its historic access mission only halfway when it admitted and enrolled qualified students. By doing so, it also acknowledged its responsibility for helping its students remain engaged in meaningful and rigorous study; while simultaneously, making it possible for them to complete all of their degree requirements in a sensible and timely manner.
Thus, the Pathways Initiative was developed and designed to offer students a curriculum which both benefitted student learning and increased degree rate completion. As a result, it accomplished CUNY’s mission to improve and smooth the transfer credit process among CUNY colleges; and at the same time, addressed from the outset course content and quality, rather than solely focusing on the technical articulation of courses between community and senior colleges.
The Center for Advising and Academic Success (CAAS) will be hosting a series of events throughout the Spring and Fall semesters to support our continuing students throughout their Pathways learning process. These events include:
- Pathways Information Sessions
- Pathways (By Major) Advising Sessions
- Individual Advising Sessions
- What-If Audit Sessions
- What-If Audit Worksheet
To find out more about these events, please visit the CAAS website.
Continuing students are encourage to finalize their opt-in decisions before they complete their upcoming Fall semester’s registration process.