Since its inception, Wolverine Pathways (WP) has served more than 1,150 students in grades 7 through 12 residing in Ypsilanti, Detroit and Southfield and has graduated 415 scholars.
The WP program is particularly impactful in increasing access to UM-AA for students who identify as underrepresented minorities (URM):
- Compared to non-WP URM students from their respective high schools, WP students who identify as URM are 2.8 to 3.5 times more likely to be admitted to UM-AA and 2.4 to 4.7 times more likely to enroll at UM-AA
- Black WP students are 3 to 3.7 times more likely to be admitted and 6 times more likely to enroll at UM-AA compared to same-race peers in their high school
- Black WP scholars represent 20% of all Black in-state students matriculating as first-year students from 2018 to 2021
Upon enrollment to UM-AA, WP scholars generally perform competitively. As of winter 2022, the median cumulative GPA of all WP alumni who matriculated to UM-AA was 3.3. Despite the historically rooted inequities URM and first-generation college students face when pursuing an education, URM students have higher GPAs than non-URM students, and first-generation students have similar GPAs as non-first-generation students among WP matriculants to UM-AA.
These outcomes suggest that participation in WP helps “level the playing field” for highly motivated students from historically underserved and minoritized communities as they enter and transition into UM-AA.
To learn more, please see the Wolverine Pathways section of the downloadable DEI 1.0 Evaluation Report.