The Vision of Pathways to Adult Success is for schools, their systems and communities to enable all youth, regardless of their needs, circumstances, place of residence, and prior experiences, to obtain the competencies needed to persist and complete secondary schooling and a post-secondary pathway that leads to a family-supporting wage and adult success.


PAS is a system to help schools and communities provide the support middle and high school students need to graduate and then succeed in postsecondary learning of some type toward a bachelor’s or associate degree, industry certification, or other meaningful career training.

Early Warning Systems 2.0 (EWS 2.0) is the heart of the PAS system, allowing schools to monitor students’ paths using specific indicators of progress, to gather and analyze data, and to make decisions to provide more support for students to graduate from school prepared for adult success.

Critical to achieving adult success, a student must make informed choices about postsecondary schooling and training. This requires providing equitable guidance, experiences and navigation supports to all students.

Important solutions must be pursued through partnerships that reach outward from the school — into the community, postsecondary institutions, businesses and nonprofit organizations, all working with local students and their families.

Join the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and Education Northwest for the first national dissemination conference of the Pathways to Adult Success (PAS) initiative. At the conference, you will learn from experienced practitioners about

~ extending Early Warning Systems to promote college and career success for all
~ providing better guidance and navigation supports to all students
~ creating effective collaborations between K12 and institutions of higher education to increase youth success
~ data systems that monitor progress and provide feedback in “real time” across educational institutions
~ fitting these components together to build a Pathway to Adult Success continuum in your community, district, or state

One hundred fifty practitioners, researchers, and policy advocates from more than 27 states, under the guidance of Dr. Robert Balfanz and Joanna H. Fox, spent three years developing the Pathways to Adult Success (PAS) vision and framework.



Upcoming Events

  1. PAS 2019 National Dissemination Conference

    October 22 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 3:00 pm