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ACTUATION An Educational Pipeline into Pharmacy for Minority Students

SUMMARY. During the past fifteen years Xavier University of Louisiana (XU) has grown to become # 1 nationally in placing African Americans into pharmacy (and #2 in placing African Americans into medicine). While many factors have contributed to this success, one of the most visible is the "educational pathway" developed by Arts & Sciences faculty to motivate and prepare African Americans for entry into pharmacy, medicine, and similar health professions. This pathway currently includes science-related summer programs for students every year beginning in junior high

and continuing until entry into college, as well as extensive revision of Xavier's entry-level science and mathematics courses including almost all of those required in the prepharmacy curriculum, so as to promote student success.