About The Academic Pipeline Project

This publication & database serves as a comprehensive resource guide for the following:

  • Alumni and Community                   
  • Current Students (Undergraduate and Graduate)

  • Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

  • Parents and Families of Perspective Students 

  • Post Baccalaureates and Post Doctorates

The Academic Pipeline Project was created by Drs. Curtis D. Byrd and Rihana S. Mason to provide awareness of pathway programs that support individuals from diverse ethnic, gender, and economic groups. We are focusing on individuals that come from underrepresented groups at colleges and universities.

This guide illustrates initiatives that prepare individuals for the journey into college to careers in academe and limitless professions. This resource provides an in-depth discussion regarding these pipeline programs using the newly created THRIVE Index giving context to compare each program.

The THRIVE Index will highlight each program as it supports several levels of the pipeline (i.e. pre-collegiate (K-12), collegiate, graduate, post-doctoral, and/or faculty). Programs & Initiatives should complete the inventory for each one of your programs. Each Academic Pipeline Program will have the opportunity to upload a narrative about each program at the end of the inventory if there are details that are not captured by the inventory questions.

The Interactive GIS Mapping system and the database has been created in partnership and sponsored by the National Science Foundation & Morehouse College HBCU STEM-US Center.

Defining Diverse Groups

The database contains programs that will support diverse groups along their journey. We connect diverse diversity to social identity characteristics. These include characteristics related to race and ethnicity, sex, gender and gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, country of origin, language, disability, emotional health, socio-economic status, veteran status and affiliations that are based on cultural, political, religious or other identities. Adapted from https://diversity.wisc.edu/dip/faqs/

Academic Initiatives

  • Bridge Programs
  • Course-Based Undergraduate                     Research Experiences (CUREs)
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Pathway Programs 
  • Professional Development
  • Undergraduate Research                               Experience 
  • Visitation Programs 

Multicultural Programming

  • Celebrations of Diverse Population
  • Formal and Informal Curricula
  • Speaker Engagements
  • Student Organizations and Clubs


  • Affirmative Action and Equal                       Employment Opportunity Diversity
  • Education Programming
  • Leadership Training 
  • Recruitment and Hiring


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