About Pathways



What is Pathways?
Pathways to Academic Student Success (Pathways) is a retention program at Central Michigan University. The program is funded by a six-year Select Student Support Services (4S) grant which is administered via Michigan’s  Work Force Development Agency and the Kings-Chavez-Parks initiative. The mission of Pathways is to assist first generation, Pell grant eligible, and multicultural students in achieving their academic and professional goals. By participating in Pathways, scholars have a community of faculty, staff, and students that are dedicated to walking alongside each scholar in their journey to graduation. Pathways scholars will take classes with other Pathways scholars, be assigned a faculty/staff mentor, and develop a personalized academic plan with their Pathways academic advisor. Involvement in Pathways propels scholars towards their goals. Once accepted into the Pathways community, scholars are always a part of Pathways, from freshman year to graduation and beyond.

Pathways is a part Central Michigan University's Office of Student Success.

Who does Pathways serve?
The Pathways program is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of first generation and Pell grant eligible students. First generation students are those whose parents have not attained higher than an associates degree. Pell grant eligibility is determined by the student’s expected family contribution (EFC) on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Pathways targets these students then connects them to services and resources with the goal of helping them achieve:
  • Increased grade point averages
  • Advancement in their academic standing
  • Increased acceptance into majors
  • Increased graduation rates