About The Academic Pipeline Project
This publication & database serves as a comprehensive resource guide for the following:
Parents & Families
College Students (undergraduate & graduate students)
Post Baccalaureates & Post docs
Faculty & College/University Administrators
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/
Priority 1 Academic Initiatives
- Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs)
- Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs)
- Pathway Programs
- Visitation Programs
- Enrichment Programs
- Bridge Programs
- Professional Development Training/Workshops
Priority 2 Multicultural Programming
- Celebrations of Diverse Population
- Formal/Informal Curricula
- Speaker Series/Lectures/Colloquia
- Student Organizations/Clubs
Priority 3 Policy
- Diversity Education Programming
- Leadership Training
- Recruitment & Hiring
- AA & EEO
The STEM-US Database uses the THRIVE INVENTORY TOOL (Byrd & Mason, 2020) to create profiles for each program/initiative. The THRIVE inventory is copyrighted by Curtis D. Byrd and Rihana S. Mason, 2020 (DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/5BDJN).
THRIVE is an acronym that stands for:
T – Type of Program
H – History of Program
R –Research Preparation/Routines, Roles, & Responsibilities
I – Inclusion and Identity
V – Voice given to students, faculty and employees
E – Expectation (what participants will receive and program outcomes).
If your program supports several levels of the pipeline (i.e. pre-collegiate (K-12), collegiate, graduate, post-doctoral and/or faculty), please complete the inventory for each one of your programs. You 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. Completion of the survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes. You will be able to upload any existing documents to support your responses as well.