Summer Bridge Programs: Easing The Transition For First-Generation College Students
First-generation college-goers experience a variety of challenges as they enter and move through higher education. Much of the existing research indicates that students whose parents did not attend college are more likely than their non first-generation counterparts to be less academically prepared for college, to have less knowledge of how to apply for college and financial assistance, and to have more difficulty in acclimating themselves to college once they enroll (Tym, et al., 2005).
As such, educational institutions must provide students with specific types of resources and support to ensure that they move into and through college successfully. Ackerman (2006) demonstrated that Summer Bridge Programs for low-income, first-generation students helped to ease their transition into college. Effective Summer Bridge Programs utilize a strong peer-mentoring base to ensure that students make a real connection to campus. Some models incorporate a holistic approach with career exploration, study skills workshops, and a host of other high impact practices (McCurrie, 2009).
This webinar will present a plan for an effective Summer Bridge Program, one that supplements existing programmatic and institutional efforts to support first-generation students. Participants will learn the importance of building relationships between academic and student affairs divisions, as well as empowering students through the development of critical college knowledge to ensure their academic success and retention.
- Gain a better understanding of the role a Summer Bridge Program can play in supporting first-generation college students along the path to degree completion
- Learn about best practices for developing and implementing a Summer Bridge Program
- Determine which programmatic components are appropriate for their campus and student population
- Learn how to empower first-generation students through the provision of critical college knowledge, including help-seeking behaviors
- Acquire knowledge and skills to build programmatic and institutional capacity through the development and implementation of a Summer Bridge Program
- Discuss various methods for evaluating the outcomes and effectiveness of their Summer Bridge Program
Who Should Attend?
- 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
- Vice President Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Dean of Student Services/Affairs
- Career Services
- Residence Life
- Retention Specialist
- Student Life
- Developmental Education
- First Year Experience
- Learning Centers