Development & Assessment Of A Summer Bridge Program For First-Generation Students | 2-Part Workshop
Part I: How To Implement A Summer Bridge Program For First-Generation College Students
First-generation college-goers experience a variety of challenges as they enter and move through higher education. 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 infuse various elements to ensure that students make a real connection to the campus. These models incorporate the holistic approach with not only using academic advisors & peer mentors but also include career exploration, study skills workshops and a host of other high impact practices (McCurrie, 2009). Summer bridge programs, like the one to be described, can serve to supplement existing programmatic and institutional efforts to support first-generation students while building relationships between academic and student affairs divisions and empowering students through the development of critical college knowledge to ensure their academic success and retention.
Part II: Assessing Summer Bridge To Develop A Culture of Inquiry & Evidence To Support Student Success
Regardless of the components included or the populations targeted, implementation of a variety of assessment measures will help institutions determine the short- and long-term impact of their summer bridge programs.
At the institution to be discussed in this webinar, a culture of inquiry and evidence has been developed to demonstrate with hard data that the programs offered, the processes implemented, and the services provided are effective and contribute significantly to the institution’s ability to achieve its goals and fulfill its mission. As such, the purpose of this session is to share strategies and measures for assessing student attrition, retention, program effectiveness, learning, and satisfaction. Participants will also hear about how student outcomes, learning, and satisfaction data has been leveraged to support the acquisition of critical monetary and human resources and ultimately, program expansion.
- Gain a better understanding of the role a summer bridge program can play in supporting first-generation college students to degree completion
- Learn about best practices for developing and implementing a summer bridge program
- Determine which programmatic components are appropriate for your campus and student population
- Discover 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 your summer bridge program
- Gain a better understanding of how to develop a culture of inquiry and evidence on their campus that allows them to leverage summer bridge program data to support student success
- Learn about multiple strategies for measuring the impact and effectiveness of summer bridge programs
- Learn how to empower others on their campus to engage in the important work of assessment
- Determine which assessment strategies and measures are appropriate for their campus and summer bridge program
- Acquire knowledge and skills to build institutional capacity through the development of a culture of inquiry and evidence
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Dean & Department Chairs
- Summer Bridge Staff
- Student Services/Affairs
- Advising & Counseling
- Retention Specialist
- Outreach & Recruitment Staff
- Diversity Directors/Specialists
- First-Year Experience Coordinators
- Any educator interested in supporting First-Generation Students through Summer Bridge
“Summer bridge programs can benefit all students, but they are absolutely critical to the success and retention of first-generation college-goers.” ~ Part I
“Summer bridge programs are a common approach to plugging the leaks in the college pipeline, but in order to measure their impact on student success, robust assessment measures must be in place. This session will provide participants with assessment strategies for summer bridge programs to leverage program outcomes data to support student success.” ~ Part II
Dr. Paz Maya Olivérez is currently Associate Vice President of Student Success at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she administers EOP, Summer Bridge, the Dominguez Hills First-Year Experience, the Career Center, & Supplemental Instruction. She also leads division-wide assessment initiatives through the Assessment & Research Collaborative and sits on numerous campus-wide committees focused on student leadership development, enrollment management, and strategic planning. Dr. Olivérez has spent the last 16 years working with underrepresented students, including undocumented students and is passionate about ensuring that all students have access to quality K-12 education and the preparation, guidance, and support to successfully pursue their college and career aspirations. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California, an M.S. in Counseling from CSU Long Beach, and a B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz.
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