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LBCC Promise Pathways
Promise Pathways


If you are interested in participating in the Promise Pathways, please contact the Outreach Office for instructions and application deadlines.


The Promise Pathways initiative is one of LBCC’s student success strategies and its signature effort in support of the Long Beach College Promise Partnership with Long Beach Unified and Cal State Long Beach.

The Promise Pathways launched in the fall of 2012 with a 976 students and recently welcomed the second cohort of more than 1,300 recent graduates from Long Beach, Bellflower and Paramount USDs.

Promise Pathways students benefit from several innovations including alternative placement and first-semester success plans with registration priority.Participating students are placed into English and math courses based on their high school achievement, rather than the traditional method which relies primarily upon standardized assessment tests.Pathways students are also required to enroll full-time and to complete key foundational courses beginning in their first semester.

Promise Pathways significantly increased the number and percentage of students who have completed key early educational milestones, including successful completion of transfer-level English and math in their first year.Their success rate exceeded the successful completion rates typically attained by students in six years.

Graph F2012

In addition, access to and entry into transfer-level courses increased for all demographic groups without significantly affecting course success rates. Rates of achievement of these milestones increased for every demographic group with some of the largest relative gains were made by Latino and African American students. In fact, the rates of achievement of these milestones by students of color in the Promise Pathways in 2012 outpaced those of white students in 2011 in every case save one.

Graph Disaggregated

Promise Pathways students also give the program very positive reviews.Pathways Students’ overall satisfaction level was 82 (on a scale of 1 to 100), their general consensus was that the program improved from the first to the second semester, and they cited priority registration, First Semester Success Plans, and alternative assessment as the features which helped them the most.

In addition, LBCC is deploying several other pilot efforts to support Promise Pathways students. These include:

  • Achievement Coaches
  • Contextualized Reading
  • College Success and Career Exploration Courses

LBCC will continue to evaluate and improve the effort.Copies of reports and presentations are available for review in the column on the right.

Promise Pathways is gaining significant attention nationally for the impressive achievements and has been recognized with several awards including:

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2012 Introductory Video