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Pathways to USI Program entering year two, finding success for underserved student populations

June 10, 2024

Now in its second year, the University of Southern Indiana Pathways to USI Program continues to see success with approximately 30 students enrolled in the Pre-Screagle Summer Institute (PSSI), which will take place June 21 through August 9. The program offers academic, social/emotional and professional development programming that gives incoming students support and access to services as they transition to college.

Through the Pathways to USI program, historically underserved populations—first-generation students, PELL Grant eligible students, 21st Century Scholars and students from rural areas—are provided with holistic services and support to meet their needs, beginning as early as in middle school through post-graduation from USI. The program seeks to build confidence, leadership and social skills in students while keeping them academically on track.

During the seven-week PSSI program, students will participate in college-level courses focusing on math, reading and writing skills while gaining the foundational knowledge necessary to navigate college life. Students will embark on several trips and participate in a series of workshops and professional development opportunities.

“I am excited for the incoming cohort of Pathways students. They have already shown dedication to their academic, professional and personal goals by attending the PSSI,” says Dr. Brandi Hendricks, Director of the Pathways to College Program, Interim Assistant Dean of Students and Adjunct in the College of Liberal Arts. “The PSSI is just the beginning of our relationship with these students as they will be connected with our office throughout their entire academic career by being paired with a success coach and a mentor. This allows us to provide wraparound support services in a more holistic way.”

The Pathways to USI Program also connects students to internships and careers through resume building, mock interviews and networking. Additionally, it links undergraduate students with resources at USI such as mentoring, study tables, the Writers’ Room and Counseling and Psychological Services.

“I honestly wasn’t too interested in spending my summer at school, but the program was so much more than that. Now that the summer portion of the PSSI is over for me, I can truly say I benefited greatly from it and would definitely suggest it to future incoming students,” says one USI student entering their sophomore year in the Pathways Program. “The PSSI showed me I wasn’t nearly as prepared as I believed I was and gave me the tools to get to where I needed to be. Though adjusting to college was extremely difficult for me, I am very grateful I got to navigate it in such a safe and supportive environment.”

For more information on Pathways to USI, visit the Pathways to USI webpage. Soon, dates for Pathways Fall weekend programming will be added to the webpage. For questions, email

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