ERIC Number: ED318385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
The Benefits of Summer Bridge Programs for Underrepresented and Low-Income Students.
Ackermann, Susan P.
The study sought to determine the effects of a summer bridge program on the academic, personal, and social development of underrepresented and low-income students during their first year at the University of California, Los Angeles. The 1988 cohort of students enrolled in the Freshman Summer Program/Transfer Summer Program (FSP/TSP) were tracked through their first two quarters, collecting both attitudinal and academic data. FSP/TSP is a 6-week program with a curricular component involving either an intensive mathematics course or English composition/general education course. Data from 265 students suggest that summer bridge programs can help facilitate students' transition and adjustment to university life and improve their academic performance and persistence rates. FSP/TSP has proven that a strong curricular component can help teach students how to participate and succeed in an academic environment. The programs can also help underrepresented and low-income students adjust and adapt to university life and help them become members of the campus community. Includes 34 references. (Author/JDD)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Programs, Compensatory Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Remedial Programs, School Orientation, Student Adjustment, Student Development, Summer Programs, Transfer Students, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).