University Success (U.S.) Pathway Program

In the U.S. Pathway Program, undergraduate students get a head-start on their degrees by taking their first academic classes while completing their English-language studies.  In Pathway English classes, teachers use the concepts, vocabulary, and experiences from these academic classes to support students in developing their English skills.  This way, Pathway students will be supported as they transition from language study to full-time academic study.

Program Goals

U.S. Pathway students will…
  • be supported in their transition from English studies to their degree program at OU.
  • receive language training, academic support, and cross-cultural guidance.
  • be introduced to Ohio University and the local Athens community.
  • earn up to 17 credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University.

Earning Admission to OU

Students who successfully complete Pathway level 2 by earning the required grades are fully admitted to Ohio University to study for the undergraduate degree of their choice.  No test scores are required!  For full details on testing and length of study, see OPIE’s Placement, Courses, & Progression page.

Duration and Coursework

U.S. Pathway is a two semester program where students take a combination of English and Academic classes.  Pathway level 1 students take 12 English credit hours and 7 academic credit hours*.  Pathway level 2 students take 8 English credit hours and up to 10 academic credit hours*.  (Based on your test scores, it may be possible to start at Pathway level 2 and study for just one semester. See OPIE’s Placement, Courses, & Progression page.)

Sample Fall Semester Class Schedule

Pathway Level 1P1 F18

  • PBIO 1030: Plants and People
  • LING 2750: Language and Culture
  • UC 1900**: Learning Community Seminar
  • OPIE D960: Pathway 1
  • OPIE D804: Grammar for Writing

Pathway Level 2P2 F18

  • PBIO 1030: Plants and People
  • LING 2750: Language and Culture
  • OPIE D970: Pathway 2
  • A general education math class

Sample Spring Semester Class Schedule

Pathway Level 1P1 Spr19

  • HIST 2010: US History 1865-present
  • COMS 1030: Public Speaking
  • UC 1900**: Learning Community Seminar
  • OPIE D960: Pathway 1
  • OPIE D804: Grammar for Writing

 

Pathway Level 2P2 Spr19

  • HIST 2010: US History 1865-present
  • COMS 1030: Public Speaking
  • OPIE D970: Pathway 2
  • A general education math class

 

Sample Summer Semester Class Schedule

Pathway Level 1P1 Sum19

  • MDIA 2701: Visual Storytelling
  • PSC 1051: Color, Light, and Sound
  • OPIE D960: Pathway 1
  • OPIE D804: Grammar for Writing

 

Pathway Level 2P2 Sum19

  • MDIA 2701: Visual Storytelling
  • PSC 1051: Color, Light, and Sound
  • OPIE D970: Pathway 2

 

Support for Academic Classes

Pathway English classes (OPIE D960 and D970) are designed to provide specific support for the academic classes Pathway students are taking.  Pathway teachers will provide support in the following ways:

  • attending the academic classes and reading the textbooks
  • answering students’ questions about what they are learning in the academic classes
  • using textbooks from the academic classes for reading assignments
  • using topics from the academic classes for writing assignments
  • using vocabulary from the academic classes for vocabulary lists and quizzes
  • previewing and reviewing ideas from the academic classes
  • helping students learn how to interact with professors in class and during office hours
  • helping students learn how to interact with American classmates in group work and class discussions

Questions?  Concerns?  Comments?

Contact Pathway Coordinator Kyle Butler (butlerk@ohio.edu)

 

*The specific number of academic credit hours may vary semester to semester based on what classes are offered and the needs of individual students.
**Level 2 students will take UC 1900 if they have not already taken it.
 
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