PATHWAYS Update, February 2014: New “My Education Plan” Lets Students and Advisors See Degree Requirements At-A-Glance

By Catherine Penfold Navarro, Director, Title III Project

MEP-logo-270wA new, more powerful version of My Education Plan (MEP) is currently being piloted collegewide, allowing students to have a clear picture of the courses required for their degree. More than 500 students in 21 pilot sections of the New Student Experience course will be using MEP, and an additional 400 pre-nursing and business students on West Campus will use the MEP during advising sessions with PATHWAYS advisors.

Funded by PATHWAYS (Title III), the new MEP builds on Valencia’s home-grown software that has provided so many students with a clear path to their degree.


Following this spring semester pilot, other students, advisors and faculty will soon have access to the new educational planning tool, which includes a “degree checklist” and will soon include templates for students to plan their courses, semester by semester. Students are also able to perform “what if” scenarios to determine how the courses they have taken will apply to a degree they are considering.

Career program advisors and academic advisors on all campuses have put in hundreds of hours reviewing each degree checklist to ensure students have accurate and complete planning tools. The Office of Information Technology, along with staff from PATHWAYS and student affairs, are working diligently to ensure the new MEP provides students with the navigation they need to understand their degree requirements. 

Led by Shirley Boyette, functional IS support specialist for My Education Plan, MEP ambassadors on each campus will work with advisors and faculty to ensure broader training in the coming months.

If you have questions about PATHWAYS, contact Catharine Penfold Navarro at or extension 5491.

1 Comment

  • Karen Cowden said:

    What exciting news for our college and students! I am looking forward to the results of this pilot study so that students have a clearer pathway to career and degree progress.

    PMSat, 15 Mar 2014 16:45:12 +0000Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:45:12 +0000pm14,4:45 pm

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