The foundation of the pathway model is the advising relationship – one that is centered on mentorship and coaching. This relationship is layered upon a four-step process for each co-curricular commitment: planning, engaging, reflecting, and integrating. The process is cyclical for each co-curricular commitment and encompass both individual and team-based components. The process can inform future co-curricular commitments identified by the student along the pathway. The schematic below represents this model:
- x-axis indicates individual activity
- y-axis indicates team-based activity
Planning is a team-based activity during which the student strategizes value-added co-curricular experiences within the pathways. Conversations occur between student and advisor or peer mentor which lead to commitments of action. Engagement is the student level investment of physical or psychological energy aimed at a particular goal. Reflection is the process whereby students begin to make meaning of the experiences they have completed and is accomplished through conversation and reflective activities or evidences. Integration starts as students begin to assimilate the meaning of completed experiences with future plans. Given the nature of experiences and the associated learning, the student’s individualized co-curricular plan may evolve over time.