Title V Pathways Project

Pathway Model for Improved Teaching, Advising, and Transfer at a Hispanics-serving Community College”

Following in the footsteps of success from the previous Title V project “Modern Strategies for Student Success” in 2012, Galveston College has begun a second five year Title V project, entitled “Pathway Model for Improved Teaching, Advising, and Transfer at a Hispanics-serving Community College”. It is a project funded by the US Department of Education designed to improve student success, retention, persistence to graduation, and transfer among GC’s student population.


  • Clarify pathways for students
  • Help students get on a guided path
  • Help students stay on a guided path
  • Ensure students are learning

In order to:

  • Increase retention (course completion and fall to fall retention)
  • Improve course success
  • Increase completion rates of a recognized credential
  • Increase successful transfer to 4-year institutions 

Initiative #1 – Redesign General Education Courses

  • Redesign courses to infuse active learning strategies proven to increase success.
  • Equip new flexible-design, technology-rich classrooms
  • Renovate and equip collaborative learning space in GC’s library to facilitate active learning.

Initiative #2 – Develop a New Comprehensive Pathways Advising System.

  • Renovate key student services spaces and update IT capacity
  • Introduce a new advising software system to faculty, staff members and students
  • Develop pathway-specific transfer agreements with regional four-year institutions


Sandra Metoyer, Ph.D. Director

Sandra Metoyer, Ph.D.


Title V Pathways Project

Galveston College



Dr. Sandra Metoyer is the Director of the Title V Pathways Project at Galveston College. She has her Ph.D. in Geography from the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. Her interests include STEM education, community college education, program evaluation, education research, and Guided Pathways. In her role as Director for the Title V Pathways project, Dr. Metoyer is responsible for facilitating the development, implementation, and evaluation of a Guided Pathways model at Galveston College. The Guided Pathways model, fully implemented, will improve student success at Galveston College through increased retention, academic and program success, completion, and transfer.


Luis Hernandez

Technology Program Analyst

Title V Pathways Project

Galveston College



Luis Hernandez is the Technology Program Analyst of the Title V Pathways Project at Galveston College. He has an Associate of Arts in Art from Houston Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Houston. He is the first generation college graduate in his family who obtained both an associates and bachelor’s degree. His interests include technology and community college education. The interest in community college education is due to a personal experience with community college; the ability for community colleges to provide an affordable, personalized experience versus a university setting allowed for a smooth transition to the more specialized core curriculum. In his role as Technology Program Analyst, Luis is responsible for configuration, data mapping, functional support, and project management of new support systems as it relates to the Title V Project. Before Serving at Galveston College, Luis was a Business Systems Analyst II for a benefits administration firm.

 Sha Li, M.A. Instructional Technologist

Dr. Sha Li Swiger

Instructional Technologist

Title V Pathways Project

Galveston College




Dr. Sha Li Swiger is the Title V Instructional Technologist responsible for leading the implementation and adoption of instructional strategies. This includes training of student services staff on new advising programs/technologies and facilitating course redesign to incorporate active learning strategies using instructional technologies. Before starting working at Galveston College,  Sha Li worked in the field of higher education for over 10 years, including teaching ESL courses in universities overseas and educational technology related courses in the U.S. Sha Li graduated from the University of Akron in Ohio with two Master’s degrees- M.A.in Education Leadership & M.A. in Instructional Technology. She is currently working on her Doctoral of Education with focuses in Instructional Technology and TESOL. She will be graduating with her Ph.D. degree in Fall of 2019.