Designing Summer Bridge Programs: Curriculum Development, Delivery & Results

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Tuesday, October 17 ~ 3:00-4:30pm (Eastern)

$ 425.00

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The University of Central Arkansas offers a variety of summer bridge programs that have the purpose of getting students acclimated to college life and to brush up on academic skills before starting the fall semester. This webinar will discuss one-week skill building and test prep programs as well as a three-week co-requisite program that clusters a general education course, a developmental literacy course, and a student success course. Cal Poly has implemented a three-week early Fall bridge program for incoming freshmen to help students prepare for the pace and intensity of the academic experience at a highly selective university. The webinar will emphasize the curriculum development, implementation, and outcomes of both programs.

Participants will also learn how to identify the high-level goals of their institution’s leadership and strategy, and how to design (or redesign) summer bridge programs to achieve outcomes that support and advance an institution’s strategic priorities.

  • Identify the primary characteristics of summer bridge programs
  • Describe several key trends that are relevant to summer bridge programming
  • Review two different models for offering summer bridge at the University of Arkansas and review the results of each
  • Identify and articulate their own institution’s strategic priorities
  • Create or redesign a summer bridge program to achieve outcomes that advance an institution’s strategic priorities 
  • Identify the primary characteristics of summer bridge programs
  • Describe several key trends that are relevant to summer bridge programming
  • Identify and articulate their own institution’s strategic priorities
  • Create or redesign a summer bridge program to achieve outcomes that advance an institution’s strategic priorities

Amy Baldwin, Ed.D., is an educator and educational entrepreneur. She wrote the first, ground-breaking student success textbook for community colleges and the first student success textbook for first-generation students. In response to nationwide demand, in 2011 she founded Educational Frontiers Group (EFG), which provides educational services, such as consulting, professional development, and educational novelties. After 18 years as an award winning community college professor, she now serves as Director of University College at the University of Central Arkansas. She is committed to helping students get in, get through, get out, and get paid.

“Summer bridge programs are not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ opportunity. The best programs are designed specifically to help an institution pursue and advance its most critical strategic priorities.”
Photo of webinar speaker Brian Tietje.

Brian Tietje, Ph.D., is a thought leader in higher education and a passionate advocate for student success, particularly for those who face challenging circumstances and who may not be familiar with the unwritten rules of college and career success. He is a co-author along with Amy of The College Experience (Pearson Education) franchise. He currently fulfills the role of Vice Provost of International, Graduate and Extended Education at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California. In his role, he designs and implements new programs to support student success, include Cal Poly’s summer bridge program called “Quarter Plus”.

Julia Winden-Fey, Ph.D., is an educator and a long-time student success program developer. She has designed and worked with numerous student success programs on her campus in both administrative and faculty roles, and recognizes that because student needs vary, and student cohorts change, no program is ever “done.” For the past four years, she has co-coordinated the annual Arkansas Student Success Symposium with Amy, an event which each year brings over two hundred Arkansas higher education professionals together with nationally-recognized leaders in student success for a day-long symposium on best practices and emerging trends. She currently serves as the Director of the Office of Student Success at the University of Central Arkansas, and oversees the university’s Summer Start bridge programs.

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