Voices and Viewpoints

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: The New Pathways to Results (PTR) Visual

by Debra Bragg and Heather McCambly / Dec 7, 2015

The exact origin of the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" is debated, but there is no question that there is truth behind the saying. It is firmly planted in our media-filled world. The value of imagery to convey complex meaning is more important today than ever before.

In our work with Pathways to Results (PTR), we continue to seek meaningful and concise ways to communicate about the often complex participatory processes that drive outcomes improvements for underserved students. This is why we are introducing a new graphic illustration of the PTR model designed by Dana Hagerstrom of Design House. Hoping to better convey what we mean by PTR, the graphic shows how our approach to closing performance gaps is rooted in data-centered equity and outcomes assessment that requires reflective problem solving to support the engagement and commitment of key stakeholders, assessment of processes and practices, and intentional evaluation for continuous improvement.

We are excited about the future of PTR, and we hope you are too.  Please share your thoughts on the new PTR graphic and on the PTR process.  We look forward to hearing from you.

debra-braggDr. Debra D. Braggis the founding director of the Office of Community College Research and Research and Leadership.



heather-mccamblyHeather McCambly, M.A., is the Project Coordinator for the Pathways to Results and Finish Up Illinois initiatives at the Office of Community College Research and Leadership.

 
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