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Pathways to Success


Pathways to Success is a partnership between the University System of Georgia and Georgia Southern University that was created to increase the retention, persistence, and graduation rates of African-American Male students.  Pathways to Success is designed in a cohort format to enhance the entire college life experience for participants through programmatic efforts that are intended to maximize academic, extracurricular, and co-curricular experiences.  During year one and two, the focus is on retention and developing a strong academic foundation.  During years three and four, the focus is on persistence, career preparedness and graduation.  Pathways mentees participate in a specialized orientation one week prior to regular classes start to get acclimated to campus and an early introduction to available resources.


  • Foster a successful transition to college for program participants.
  • Implement strategies to assist in improving the academic success of African-American males.
  • Implement strategies to enhance the retention, progression, and graduation of African-American males.
  • Instill the importance of civic engagement through community service. Program participants will join in a service project for the academic year.
Pathways to Success Mentor Expectations:
  • Possess and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Be a junior or senior
  • Be able to keep information provided with confidential
  • Be in good academic and judicial standing at Georgia Southern University
  • Be a role model, possess a positive attitude, and an ability to work well with people from all backgrounds
Pathways Mentor Responsibilities:
  • Contact mentees a minimum of once per week (face-to-face)
  • Maintain ongoing communication with your mentee
  • Meet with the Pathways to Success Coordinator bi-weekly
Mentor Application Process 

(In order to be considered for an interview, you must):

  • Complete the application on Student Employment Center (SEC) website
  • Upload resume with application on SEC website
  • Answer Supplemental Questions with application on SEC website
  • Submit two Reference Form

Questions or Concerns? Contact:

Alton Standifer, Graduate Assistant
P: (912) 478-5409

Why participate in Pathways to Success?

  • Enhanced academic success
  • Receive guidance and assistance from your Pathways Mentor
  • Opportunity to network with students, faculty, staff  and administrators
  • Increased awareness of campus resources
  • Get connected and engaged with other African-American male students
  • Receive support for professional development

Who can participate in Pathways to Success?

Any African-American incoming male freshman who has been accepted in good standing at Georgia Southern University.

Questions or Concerns? Contact:

Alton Standifer, Graduate Assistant
P: (912) 478-5409

Last updated: 12/18/2012