ERIC Number: ED256275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Study of the 1978 Summer STEP. The Summer "Bridge" Program at the Learning Skills Center, University of California, Davis.
The summer "bridge" part of the Special Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) at the University of California (UC), Davis, was evaluated with attention to first-year academic performance and retention. STEP, part of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), is an orientation and academic program to help low-income and minority students make the transition to the university curriculum. A comparison was made of specially-admitted freshmen who attended summer STEP (group A) with those who began STEP in the fall (group B). Findings include: among the fall 1978 EOP special action freshmen who completed their first year at UC Davis, group A had lower high school grade point averages (GPA) and lower Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) math scores on the average than group B; group A students did as well academically as the academically better-prepared Group B students; total SAT scores carry negligible weight in predicting first-year college GPA and retention for these EOP specially-admitted freshmen; summer STEP participation does not significantly affect first-year college GPA after correcting for the influences of students' academic background/workload; and participation in summer STEP significantly affects retention as measured by quarters enrolled. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Aptitude Tests, College Freshmen, Grade Point Average, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Remedial Programs, School Orientation, Selective Admission, State Universities, Student Participation, Summer Programs, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Davis. Office of Student Affairs Research and Information.