Promoting Access & Success Through Summer Bridge Programs

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Many students enter college academically or socially underprepared and, thus, are placed at risk for failure. To address this issue, some colleges and universities have established summer bridge programs to smooth the transition to the rigors of college life and to provide the support necessary for college success. How can you design and implement a Summer Bridge Program that improves academic readiness and retention, while helping students adjust to college life and expectations? What evidence exists to support the effectiveness of bridge programs? These answers and more are provided through this session. This webinar will cover:

  • Key elements of a successful summer bridge program
  • How to establish a new program using a diverse implementation team
  • How to assess the efficacy of the program in terms of student success
  • What works and what doesn’t when creating new or revising existing programs
  • Identify and describe at least three (3) challenges that some students face in terms of academic and social preparation for college.
  • Recall a checklist of issues that need to be considered when formulating plans for a new summer bridge program.
  • Describe why summer bridge programs hold promise for reducing, if not eliminating, the challenges that at-risk students face in college.
  • Design a summer bridge program for college students and identify ways to overcome unanticipated implementation challenges.
  • Name the key components of a summer bridge program.
  • Identify best techniques for assessing summer bridge programs in terms of student success outcomes.
  • Vice President Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Dean of Student Services/Affairs
  • Faculty (full and part-time)
  • Admissions
  • Advising
  • Enrollment Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Recruiters
  • Residence Life
  • Retention Specialist
  • Student Life
  • Assessment
  • Diversity
  • First Year Experience
  • Tutoring

"The increasing number of historically underrepresented students entering college today brings with it a number of new concerns such as how to support students placed at-risk for failure in college to complete their degrees. Summer bridge programs can be an effective strategy when they are well-designed with broad-based support. This webinar is designed for those charged with promoting student success for all!"

Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn is Associate Professor of Higher Education at The Ohio State University in the School of Educational Policy & Leadership within the College of Education and Human Ecology, where he also serves as Faculty Research Associate in the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, Senior Research Associate in the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center for African American Males, and faculty affiliate in the Department of African and African American Studies. Professor Strayhorn maintains an active and highly visible research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement, equity and diversity, impact of college on students, and student learning and development.

Acclaimed higher education researcher and policy analyst, Strayhorn has authored 5 books and monographs including The Evolving Challenges of Black College Students (Stylus Publishing, 2010) and College Students Sense of Belonging (Routledge), over 30 book chapters, and more than 75 refereed journal articles, reviews, and scientific reports. He is a highly sought after public speaker and presenter; to date, he has authored over 130 international, national, and state conference papers or presentations. Grants totaling over $800,000 from the US Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and several national associations support or have supported his research program.

Professor Strayhorn is a higher education expert who is well-versed in major policy debates related to access and success of student in postsecondary education, particularly students who have historically been underrepresented or underserved in American higher education. Named one of the most highly visible new scholars in his field, by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Strayhorn has received numerous national awards and honors including the 2007 ACPA Emerging Scholar Award, 2008 ACPA Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award, 2009 UTK Helen B. Watson Faculty Research Award, 2009 ASHE Early Career Award, and recently, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named him one of the nations Top Emerging Scholars. Strayhorn is co-editor of Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, published by Indiana University Press; associate editor of the NASAP Journal, and serves on several editorial boards.

Dr. Strayhorn received a bachelors degree (BA) from the University of Virginia (UVA), a master's degree in educational policy studies (MEd) from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and doctorate (PhD) in higher education from Virginia Tech. A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Strayhorn is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

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