The new Wolverine Pathways program is looking for SCOR members for its student advisory board. Please find a detailed summary of the project here (insert Word document). If you are interested in participating, please send an email titled Wolverine Pathways Student Advisory Board to Channing Mathews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The University of Michigan Wolverine Pathways initiative (WP) is being launched by the Vice Provost of Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs as part of a University-wide strategic plan to create and sustain a more diverse campus community. WP engages middle and high school students from targeted Southeastern Michigan school districts with the dual goal of increasing students’ academic, social and cultural preparation and increasing the probability of admission, enrollment, and degree completion at UM. WP will:
provide supplemental, developmentally appropriate and integrative academic enrichment in the core content areas of literacy, math, science and social studies
identify and cultivate student strengths/interests through guided disciplinary exploration/exposures
offer cultural enrichment through wellness promotion, arts and field trips
provide near-peers as mentors and role models
pursue links with classroom learning
deliver college preparation workshops, including financial aid guidance and campus visits
offer SAT test preparation workshops
support college application preparation
offer parent/guardian workshops
support and collaborate with school-based academic counselors
WP staff, together with UM faculty, staff and students from various UM units (e.g., School of Education, School of Information, LS & A, School of Engineering, School of Public Health and Center for Entrepreneurship) work with selected school districts and community stakeholders to recruit successive cohorts of up to 60 7th and 60 10th graders from each school district on an annual basis. WP offers these participating students a portfolio of programs and supports them through college admission.
Certified teachers collaborate in the design and delivery of program components so that WP content and pedagogy reflects best practices in teaching and learning of math, science, English language arts and character development. There is an emphasis on project-based learning with a particular focus on the promotion of community health and wealth. As a result, WP reinforces academic content required for standardized assessments and supports the development of key competencies that include, but are not limited to the capacity to: think critically, read analytically, write effectively, apply numeracy, investigate scientifically, analyze data and information, use technology and media purposefully, be self-directed/motivated, manage relationships, demonstrate leadership and practice social responsibility. In addition, students and their parents will participate in tailored college-readying programs sponsored by UM faculty and staff.
Students admitted to WP will take part in a Saturday academy and afterschool program (twice a week) in the fall and winter terms. Both fall and winter sessions are six weeks in duration. This will be followed by a summer session that will range from three to six weeks in duration. Sessions are structured to reinforce, extend and apply academic content. Such year-round learning initiatives provide youth with a unique opportunity for relevant, community-grounded, hands-on learning and enrichment. WP also includes summer employment opportunities for participating high school students.
WP will launch in Winter 2016 in two school districts and expand incrementally to five school districts over the first three years. The first cohort of WP students will be ready for admittance to college in Fall 2018. The program will operate at a steady state of approximately 1,350 students in grades 7-12 in Year 5 (September 2019 – August 2020) with an estimated annual graduating class of 200 students. Thus, we project a total of 140 students matriculating to UM by Year 5 and beyond.