Get Ready. Pathways will launch at Butler

Fall 2018

Pathways is helping Butler move away from simply building enrollment to building completion. It is important for students to complete their associate degree, certificate or credential, obtain a job, or transfer to another institution. By understanding our Pathways model, we will be able to help our students aim for completion of their goal regardless of what goal it may be.

Pathways is also helping Butler determine where the school is going for the long term. We are looking at each major and mapping out career goals and curriculum. We want to change the student experience through purposeful exploration that leads to a decision that is right for them.

The Pathways Student Experience Team will focus on:

• Multiple Decision Points

• Students Taking Responsibility for their Course Choices

• Purposeful and Directed Curriculum

• Choices Limited to Pathways Needs

The Navigation Team has been meeting since December. Various Systems Committees are now forming. Some of you will be asked to join a Systems Committee. Systems Committees are focusing on the many aspects for the Pathways Model. Pathways will affect students, staff and faculty – including facilities, advising, faculty, and admissions. Every part of Butler will be impacted. News regarding what is happening in many of these Systems Committee Meetings will be coming to you via this monthly newsletter.

This is what is happening in the Pathways Navigation Team: 


To date, the work has included:

We have the 2nd drafts of the guided Majors Pathways underway currently.  This step should be completed by March 17th.  The Meta-majors are: Science, Engineering and Math; Technologies; Business and Industry; Education and Public Services; Health Science; Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Fine Arts and Communications. The academic departments submitted their Guided Major Pathways to their deans. We are currently reviewing those with Student Services/Advisors in Friday work sessions through the lens of Transfer and Articulation, enrollment, number of declared majors, and number of completers.  They will also be reviewed from a career and job opportunities lens this spring.  Additional lenses to review these guided major pathways will include full-time enrollment vs. part-time enrollment, how developmental education fits in, scholarship requirements, athletic rules, and scheduling formats. 

Analyzing processes, developing program outcomes, developing budgets that support all processes with the focus on student success, data gathering, ease of access and review, scheduling and facilities adjustments, setting up student monitoring and communication systems need to be finalized by February 2018. 


Here are some definitions that everyone needs to understand:

META MAJORS - A program of study for students who feel they will major in an area (i.e. Humanities and Social Science), but don’t know the particular major under that umbrella area that they want to choose.  The first couple of semesters under these Meta-majors are going to be loaded down with general education requirements.  The hope is that after the first or second semester, the students within the Meta-majors will choose a degree within that Meta-major and begin following that degree’s plan.  A student DOES NOT have to ever be in a Meta-major if they know what they want to major in when they enroll for the first time.

GUIDED MAJOR PATHWAYS - These are basically updated versions of our current majors, but the courses will be sequenced either by semester or numbered 1-20 (preferable order).  If students know what they want to major in when they first enroll, they will declare that major and will follow a sequenced course of study to completion.

These are Butler’s Meta-majors:

Science, Engineering and Math

• Agriculture (AS)

• Pre-Veterinarian (AS)

• Food Science and Safety (AS)

• Pre-Engineering (AS)

• Biology (AS)

• Biotechnology (AS)

• Chemistry (AS)

• Physics (AS)

• Mathematics (AS, AA)

• Pre-Medicine (AS)


• Database Administration (AAS)

• Cyber Security (AAS, Certificate)

• Internetworking Management (AAS)

• Digital Media (AAS, Certificate)

• Interactive and 3D Technology (AAS, Certificate)

• Software Development (AAS)

• Web Development (AAS, Certificate)

• Windows Administration (AAS)

• Engineering Graphics Technology (AAS, Certificate)

• Welding Technology (AAS, Certificate)

• Automotive Collision Repair (AAS, Certificate)

• Automotive Technology (AAS, Certificate)

Business and Industry

• Agribusiness (AS)

• Accounting (AS)

• Business Administration (AS)

• Marketing and Management (AS)

• Livestock Management and Merchandising (AAS, Certificate)

• Farm and Ranch Management (AAS)

• Accounting Assistant (AAS, Certificate)

• Advertising (AAS)

• Hotel Management (AAS, Certificate)

• Marketing and Management (AAS)

• Culinary Arts (AAS)

• Restaurant Management (AAS, Certificate)

• Entrepreneurship (Certificate)

• Business Administrative Technology (AAS, Certificate)

• Corporate Studies (AAS)

• Business Medical Specialist (AAS, Certificate)

• Physician Coding (AAS, Certificate)

Education and Public Services

• Criminal Justice (AS, AA)

• Homeland Security (AS, AA)

• Fire Science (AAS, Certificate)

• Early Childhood Education (AAS, Certificate, CDA)

• Elementary Education (AS, AA, AS-BEST)

• Secondary Education (AS, AA)

• Teacher Education – Fitness and Wellness – K-12 (AS, AA) 

Health Science / Transfer Options

• Nursing (AAS)

• Pre-Nursing/Health Science (AS)

• Athletic Training (AS)

• Exercise Science (AS)

Health Certification Courses

• Nurse Aide

• Medication Aide

• Acute Care Nurse Aide

• Patient Care Pathways

• Emergency Medical Technician

• Butler/Cowley Partnership Paramedic

• Home Health Aide

• Operator Training for Assisted Living

• Restorative Aide

Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences

• Economics (AA, AS)

• English/Literature (AA)

• Foreign Language (AA)

• History (AS, AA)

• Philosophy and Religion (AA)

• Political Science (AS, AA)

• Pre-Law (AS, AA)

• Psychology (AS, AA)

• Sociology/Social Work (AS, AA)

• Liberal Arts (AA, AS, AGS)

Fine Arts and Communications

• Art (AA)

• Dance (AA)

• Mass Communications (AA)

• Music (AA)

• Speech Communication (AA)

• Theatre (AA)

How a Pathway Works:

How will students be prepared to move from a Meta-major to a Guided Major Pathway?  Chances are high that students who don’t know a specific major when they enroll will be required to enroll in a new PD (Personal Development) 120 Conquering College course that will be taught specifically toward the Meta-major area they are enrolled in.  This course will provide an introduction to the major pathways options, including career options, for the student in that Meta-major. This one credit course also teaches students effective study skills and introduces them to the college. 

Discovering a Major

If someone comes in and says they want a degree in business, but they are not sure which type of business degree they want, they will be placed in the Business and Industry Pathway and take the PD course for that Pathway, as well as sign up for the appropriate courses that correlate to the business classes in that Pathway. All of the students who major in business will be required to take College Algebra and other gen eds. For some majors, they will be required to take calculus. Hopefully after the first or second semester, the student will choose any one of the business majors – like accounting, agribusiness, marketing and management, etc… By sending the student down the initial Pathway, they will not lose time once they figure out what to major in.

If after the first year the student realizes they cannot do calculus, they might pick a major within the business pathway that does not require calculus. For instance, they could pick advertising, corporate studies, restaurant management, or entrepreneurship. Or, they might choose to obtain an AA in economics, as opposed to an AS. 

Changing a Major

Another student might come in and say they want to major in pre-engineering. They will be placed in the Science, Engineering and Math Pathway. But after they take their first semester of calculus they might become mesmerized with equations and decide to become a math major. The transition will be simple. Because they are already in the Science, Engineering and Math Pathway, they are already on track and haven’t lost any footage. Even if the next semester they decide to switch to physics, they will still be on target because the first year of courses for many of the related Pathways will be similar..

As we continue to move forward, the focus of every discussion and decision will be on what is best for students.   



Steering Committee Members:

• Lori Winningham, VP of Academics

• Phil Speary, Dean of Academic Support Services

• Gene George, Assoc. VP of Research

• Gary Royse, Academic Advisor

• Troy Nordman, Assoc. Dean, Humanities & Social Science

• Anita Mills, Dean of Health, Education and Public Safety

Committee Members:

• Anita A. Mills

• Phil Speary

• Meg McGranaghan

• Jonathan Craig‎

• Terry Sader

• Buchhorn, William

• Brett Trimpe‎

• Lindsey D. Carter‎

• Dani Anthony

• Bob Peterson‎

• Susan Pfeifer‎

• Jeffrey L. Tymony‎

• Jessica E. Ohman‎

• Deann Shimp‎

• Heather Ward‎

• Heather M. Rinkenbaugh‎

• Teressa K. Eastman‎

• Kelly L. Snedden‎

• Hayley J. Powers‎

• James T. Welch‎

• Tim B. Schaffner‎

• Ireland Turner‎

• Galen L. Evans‎ 

• Kathryn D. Perez‎ 

• Tiffany L. Rhodes‎

• Gene George

• Bill Young‎

• Bill Rinkenbaugh‎

• Ethan Hoyt‎

• Lori Winningham

• Stacy Cofer‎

• Kent Williams‎

• James T. Bryan‎

• Shelly Muhlig

• Lynn L. Umholtz‎

• Carmen Bunck‎

• Amy E. Pick‎

• Willow B. Dean 

Systems Committees:

• Student Systems

• Foundation & Marketing Systems

• Financial Systems

• IS Systems

• Academic Support Systems

• Institutional Effectiveness

• HR Systems

• Facilities Systems

• Communications Systems

Pathways Timeline

• February, 2017 – Academic departments and advisory pathway teams meet to review and confirm Major Pathways.

• March, 2017 – The first iteration of Pathways is fully defined and delivered to the systems teams so they can begin their planning as part of the FY2019 budget.

• May 2017 – Major Pathways are fully mapped to career paths and transfer paths and program scope, curriculum and resources are adjusted accordingly.

• Summer, 2017 – The first round of transfer and articulation agreements for the Major Pathways are finalized and ready to implement.

• December, 2017 – The tuition pricing model, underlying business model, data systems, and performance management metrics have been designed, tested, and are ready to go.

• January, 2018 – All faculty teaching PD courses are training and ready for fall.

• February, 2018 – The first iteration of Pathways is ready to launch for fall 2018.

If you have any questions on any of the above information, please contact:

Lori Winningham, VP of Academics or Troy Nordman, Assoc. Dean, Humanities & Social Science or Gary Royse, Academic Advisor