PathwayOregon

This is the most current information about PathwayOregon, including approved language for describing the success of the program. Comparing different cohorts of students over time is complicated, and these descriptions have been carefully developed. Any changes in the wording could make them inaccurate. This information is current as of February 28, 2017, and it will be updated again in November 2017. If you have any questions about this information, please contact Ed Dorsch: 541-346-0605.

  • PathwayOregon began in 2008 with 415 students
  • Total number of current PathwayOregon students: 2,275 (more than 11 percent of UO’s total undergraduate population)
  • Students served since program’s inception: nearly 4,600
  • Percentage of first-generation college students in PathwayOregon: 56 percent
  • Largest scholarship contribution in UO history: $25 million endowment funded by Connie, BS ’84, and Steve Ballmer in 2015, enabled us to welcome an additional 200 PathwayOregon students to campus in fall 2015
  • Retention rate for first-year Pathway students: 88 percent, a rate that is 16 percent higher than the national average for all first-year students attending a public college
  • PathwayOregon freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have consistently persisted at rates on par with their higher-income peers
  • First-generation college students:
    • 56 percent of PathwayOregon students 
    • 20 percent of non-Pathway residents 
  • Students of color:
    • 42 percent of Pathway students 
    • 25 percent of non-Pathway residents
    • 45 percent of new Pathway students are from racial and ethnic minorities
    • The population of African American Pathway students doubled in the past year
  • Rural students:
    • 13 percent of PathwayOregon students
    • 5 percent of non-Pathway residents
  • PathwayOregon donations in fiscal year 2015–16:
    • $1,418,252 
    • 250 donors

Increasing graduation rates

  • Boost in four-year graduation rates of Federal Pell Grant–eligible residents from 2007 to 2008, the year PathwayOregon began:
    • 41.7 percent increase in graduates
      • 2007 cohort: 175 students
      • 2008 cohort: 248 students
      • Note: There were 10 percent more Pell Grant–eligible students in the 2008 cohort than the 2007 cohort
  • Four-year graduation rates of Pell Grant–eligible residents in 2007 (the year before PathwayOregon began): 31 percent
  • Average four-year graduation rates of first five PathwayOregon cohorts: 46 percent
  • 71 percent of Pathway students who enrolled in fall 2010 graduated within six years, nearly matching the rate of their higher-income peers

Approved text about PathwayOregon improving four-year graduation rates:

The four-year graduation rates of PathwayOregon students greatly exceed historical rates for low-income Oregonians and have closed the gap significantly with their higher-income peers. 

In 2007–8, the year before the PathwayOregon program was launched, the four-year graduation rate for Federal Pell Grant recipients attending the UO was 31 percent (a little better than the rate at other Oregon public universities). 

In comparison, the average four-year graduation rate for PathwayOregon recipients is 46 percent. This represents a 50 percent increase in the rate of low-income Oregon students who graduated in four years with PathwayOregon compared to low-income Oregon students who graduated in four years prior to the establishment of PathwayOregon. 

Approved text about PathwayOregon improving six-year graduation rates:

PathwayOregon students are defying the odds—and national statistics. In September 2015, the Education Trust, a nonprofit advocacy organization, released its report on six-year graduation rates from more than 1,000 colleges and universities, following a 2007 cohort. 

They found a 14-point gap in six-year graduation rates between Pell Grant and non-Pell Grant students nationally. In other words, the percent of lower-income college students graduating in six years was 14 percentage points lower than their higher-income counterparts who don’t qualify for the Federal Pell Grant. At the University of Oregon, the gap was 13 percent.

But PathwayOregon is helping the UO beat those odds. For freshman students starting just a year later in 2008 (when the program launched), the graduation rate gap between PathwayOregon residents and all non-Pell Grant resident students shrank to less than 2 percent.

In 2016, the six-year graduation rate for the 2010 cohort of PathwayOregon recipients was recorded. Data shows that 71 percent of PathwayOregon students who entered the UO in the fall of 2010 graduated within six years. This is a 15-point gain over historical rates for Pell Grant–eligible Oregonians (56 percent) and closely parallels the rate of higher-income UO peers (72 percent).