It’s being done, it can be done


about pathways to adult success

Pathways to Adult Success (PAS) is the latest of CSOS’ research and outreach endeavors. With PAS we seek to refine a set of indicators – and the thinking – that help educators figure out which students are likely to need help staying on a path to success, and what help will be most useful to them.

Through PAS, we intend, with your partnership, to identify, refine, and communicate descriptors and processes for indicator and response systems that enable caring adults to intervene at crucial points in young people’s lives to guide and keep them on track toward a bright future as adults.

Why We Need to Build Better Pathways to Adult Success:
What the Data Says

Narrated by Robert Balfanz



The PAS Framework outlines foundational shifts in beliefs, practices, and structures required to improve postsecondary outcomes and perspectives for all young people to be able to embark on a meaningful career and achieve a family-sustaining wage.


Using predictive indicators of postsecondary success to monitor school progress and provide support so ALL students can graduate high school prepared to thrive in pathways leading to meaningful careers: two- or four-year college, industry certification, or other substantial preparation.


Creating effective, dynamic partnerships between K12 schools, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and local businesses that generate the vision, person power, resources, and shared information to support young people on the pathway to adult success.


Developing systems and structures that offer students and families the preparation, experiences, and guidance they need to make informed decisions for the future, and take necessary steps to navigate the complex world of postsecondary planning.


Collecting, analyzing, and sharing meaningful data that enables institutions and collaborations to support young people effectively, monitor progress over time, and engage in continuous improvement cycles based on measurable outcomes.


How it’s being done

Initiatives at all levels and in various areas — from expanded early warning systems to revised guidance approaches to collaborations with local business, non-profits, and colleges — have yielded insights of tremendous benefit to others exploring similar initiatives. In fact, a daunting amount of online and in-print information is available! With so many resources, where to start?

How to Begin

Starting something viable/ reasonable means starting something that is doable in the short term and is likely to produce early gains that help solidify buy-in; establish strong foundations for further development; and offer opportunities to evaluate and learn from early efforts.

Postsecondary Opportunities for All

Providing good postsecondary guidance involves helping students identify their interests and aptitudes, learn about career and academic opportunities that match those interests, and select courses they need to take in preparation.

Developing Collaborations / Partnerships

Collaborating with stakeholders is crucial to make sure the education students receive is relevant to the postsecondary opportunities available, and helps them to gain the skills and mindsets for lifelong success.

How to Use EWS Systems

Transition from a graduation-focused EWS to a focus on postsecondary success means taking a longer view of the mission of preK-12 schooling, so that the goal is not simply for students to acquire a high school diploma, but rather to complete high school well prepared to succeed in viable postsecondary education or career plans that will lead to adult success.

How to Work with Data Systems

A PAS data system will need access to data from multiple data systems like K-12 data systems, postsecondary data systems, department of labor data systems, and other local, state, and federal data systems that contain student information that can be used to support student success.


Pathways in Action!

Explore the ways PAS partners are implementing their solutions to providing pathways to student success. 

EVCS to Career at Berry

Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. works with local business to maximize student opportunities. Learn more about EVSC.

Designing for Success

Pathways to Adult Success partners are working tirelessly to implement student success systems that are designed around agency, belonging, and connectedness to enhance the educational experience and prepare students for success in life. Learn about PAS partner initiatives.

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