Howard College and ASU partner up to give students a unique chance

Program allows Howard students to live here with all the benefits

By Vanessa Meyer
On September 11, 2015

The faculty at ASU has helped ensure that the university is accessible to everyone through the Direct Path and Summer Gateway Programs.

“The Direct Path program has provided an alternative admissions opportunity for those students who were originally denied admission,” said Executive Director of Student Affairs Dr. Bradley Petty. “By providing these students with this opportunity, many are able to still participate in targeted participation opportunities designed to enhance student involvement that compliments their academic endeavors, which in turn, creates a pathway to ASU with early success.”

Created in 2012, the Direct Path program was a result of ASU’s increased academic standards for the fall of 2013.

“Students admitted to the program take a full load of classes at Howard College but live here on campus and have access to the health clinic, student activities, athletic games and much more,” said Vice-President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Dr. Javier Flores. “These students blend in with everyone else on campus, with the only difference being that their classes are held at Howard College.”

Allowing the Direct Path students to live on campus while attending Howard College makes their transition to ASU much smoother since they have time to make friends and become familiar with the campus.

“After the students complete 18 transferable hours with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA at Howard College, they are eligible to transition seamlessly into ASU,” Petty said.

The Summer Gateway Program is also another option to those who are at first denied acceptance into ASU.

ASU will automatically admit students who attend the Summer Gateway program if they take six credit hours during the summer following their high school graduation, either at their community college or ASU, and earn a “C” or better.

“If you want to be at ASU then we want you here, but we want you to be academically prepared and if you’re not, then we are going to give you as many different options to be able to address those deficiencies that we’ve said you have,” Flores said. “But once you address those, come on in.”

The Direct Path currently has 14 students living and blending in with campus life this semester.

The Direct Path program has created a partnership between ASU and Howard College, which is similar to the partnerships between Texas Tech University and South Plains College as well as Texas A&M University and Blinn College.

These partnerships have helped ensure that college is accessible and possible for anyone who is willing to put forth some effort.

Direct Path students attend classes at Howard but have the following ASU privileges:
• A double occupancy suite style room in Carr Hall
• A commuter meal plan of 100 meals plus 40 RamPoints with optional RamBucks
• An on-campus P.O. Box
• Access to the ASU Health Clinic
• Access to UCPC student activities
• IT Wi-Fi access

Optional fees include:
• UREC
• Parking
• Athletics

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