In order to address Pillar 1 – Clarify the path, and Pillar 2 – Enter the path, Ohlone College is engaging in Program mapping efforts starting Fall 2020.

What is program mapping?

Program mapping offers semester by semester, sequencing of courses to provide clear direction for how a student can successfully complete a program in a timely manner.

Why are we program mapping?

Program mapping offers the following advantages: 1) provides better course-taking decisions for students, clarifying which semesters the core/required courses will be offered; 2) faculty have the opportunity to streamline and align curriculum to degree requirements; 3) counseling faculty can offer more proactive and intrusive support to students; and 4) other support services have the opportunity to better align with students.

Mapping as many of these opportunities as possible while students are on the path to success, may eliminate achievement gaps and increase the number of students who earn a certificate or degree in an efficient, equitable manner.

Engaging in program mapping can deepen the understanding and respect across the college community for how we all support student success.

Mapping efforts 2020 - 2021

The GP taskforce focused on mapping ADT’s for Fall 2020.

The degree mapping template was approved by the Guided Pathways taskforce on September 25, 2020. Some initial degree mapping efforts took place with discipline faculty.

After some recommended revisions, the Faculty Senate endorsed the degree mapping template on November 4, 2020. Following the Faculty Senate endorsement, degree mapping efforts are gaining momentum.

Currently, we have completed a fulltime map for all 27 Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT*). In addition to the ADT maps, mapping teams have completed 15 (AA/AS degrees and COA) program maps (42 total).

Ohlone College appreciates the hard work and dedication of the GP mapping success teams!

Mapping efforts 2021-2022

 The focus of Fall 2021 mapping efforts are on CE degrees and certificates, local degrees (AA/AS) and certificates, and non credit certificates. With approximately 45 AA/AS degrees, over 100 local degrees, and 17 (& counting) non credit certificates, Ohlone College is counting on the collaboration and teamwork of the program mapping success teams to map as many of these degrees and certificates by the end of Spring 2022. 

Mapping review sessions (refer to the Program Mapping Toolkit) are being scheduled for biotechnology, biology, chemistry, communication, engineering technology, human development, liberal arts (all 3 degrees), network administration, and smart manufacturing technology at this time.

Interest Area counselors are creating drafts and meeting in their mapping teams regularly to develop maps with equitable and thoughtful intentions. Mapping teams consist of Interest Area counseling faculty, discipline faculty, career advisors, and a data coach, when possible. Often, academic deans, students, and counseling interns participate in the mapping review sessions before maps are forwarded to the division dean and department for review. Our goal for 2021-2022 is to have as many maps as possible made available on the Ohlone College website for the summer/fall priority registration enrollment period (beginning as early as April 2022).

If you are interested in working on your program maps now, please contact me at

Program mapping Tool-kit

Are you ready to get started on the degrees and certificates in your discipline or Interest Area?

Check out our *updated* program mapping tool-kit. This tool-kit will help you prepare and provide next steps for starting mapping efforts!

This is a live, dynamic document that the taskforce is updating to make the process more intentional and meaningful.

Additional resources:

Faculty prep worksheet

Demo map: Global Studies ADT

Mapping Success Teams

Program mapping is a collaborative, team effort that reflects Ohlone’s Guided Pathway approach and commitment to foster and build relationships, encourage more transparency across campus, and appreciation for diverse perspectives and voices in the process. Program mapping involves a cross-functional success team developing degree maps. This cross functional team is comprised of discipline faculty, Interest Area counselor(s), an Interest Area career adviser, data coach(es), and students.

*ADTs are not required to earn admittance into a CSU; however, earning one will guarantee students a spot into the CSU System as well as over 30 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) across the nation.