Components of the Pathways Academy have been operational for five years, primarily in central Arkansas. Sites are: Hot Springs, Pine Bluff, Jonesboro, El Dorado & Springdale.
UAMS Pathways Scholars are students enrolled in Arkansas public schools in grades K-12. Students’ families must be recipients of TANF or meet the eligibility requirements for TANF. Participants may also participate in programming if they belong to a minority group or historically underrepresented in health professions. Separate funding will be provided for historically underrepresented students who are not recipients of TANF benefits and not eligible for TANF benefits.
PATHWAYS ACADEMY PROGRAMS
- Research Academic Mentoring Pathway for Underrepresented Populations (RAMP- UP),9th-12th grade: The UAMS RAMP-UP (former APHS) program is designed to facilitate collaborative efforts of STEM-H and Medical
- Senior STEM Academy (SSA),6th-8th grade: JSA uses a combination of effective teaching pedagogies to design culturally
- responsive and holistic curriculum.
- Junior STEM Academy (JSA),K-5th grade: JSA uses a combination of effective teaching pedagogies to design culturally responsive and holistic curriculum.
- Student-Athlete STEM Academy (ASA): 9th – 12th-grade male student-athletes the chance to dive deep and explore the health science field of study associated with sports.
- Improvement in the achievement of English Language Arts & Mathematics achievement scores of economically disadvantaged and minority students.
- Improvement in grades and GPA for economically disadvantaged and minority students.
- Increased high school graduation rates for economically disadvantaged and minority students.
- Improved SAT/ACT scores & college matriculation rates for economically disadvantaged and minority students.
- Increase in the number of students pursuing STEM-H careers.
- Increases awareness of educational opportunities and STEM-H careers by parents and guardians.
- Increased engagement of parents and
- guardians in educational advocacy and support for Pathways Scholars.
Phase 1: Aug-Sept. 2021-Infrastructure Development
Phase 2: Oct.-Dec. 2021-Program Design
Phase 3: Jan.-Feb. 2022-Scholar Recruitment
Phase 4: Mar.-Apr. 2022-Program Launch
Phase 5: May-July 2022-Summer Component
PATHWAYS ACADEMY TEAM
- Dr. Brian Gittens: Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity , & Inclusion
- Dr. Shanea Nelson: Executive Director of Pathways Academy
- Katina White: Educational Coordinator
- Tami L. Cobb: Parent Engagement Coordinator
- Justin Carbage: Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator
- Gayla Caldwell: Program Coordinator