ERIC Number: ED338290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-1
The College Discovery Summer Program: Its Effects on Persistence and Academic Performance.
Santa Rita, Emilio; Bacote, Joseph
The College Discovery Summer Program (CDSP) is a 6-week program designed to bring students already accepted for admissions to Bronx Community College (BCC) onto campus prior to their first year at BCC. The curriculum component of the CDSP includes intensive courses in mathematics, reading, and writing, while the student development component is a workshop in exploring self-esteem, study habits, and the skillful utilization of college resources. An evaluation of the CDSP program was conducted in two phases. First, 36 CDSP students were surveyed to determine their reasons for applying to the program, whether it met their expectations, and their evaluation of their program experiences; and 57 non-CDSP students were surveyed regarding their experiences with the regular summer programming. The second phase involve a comparison of the grade patterns and persistence rates of CDSP and non-CDSP students. Study findings included the following: (1) the two groups did not differ significantly, with both groups viewing their respective programs as helpful in preparing them for college, in clarifying their academic goals, and in their studies; (2) CDSP students registered statistically significant higher persistence rates in their first two terms than all entering freshmen; (3) the mean grade point average (GPA) of both groups rose with time, suggesting that the more academically proficient students tended to persist, or that GPA tended to rise for students who continued; (4) scholastic disqualification did not seem to play a major role in causing freshman attrition. While the study suggested positive short-term benefits for the summer program, questions concerning the program's long-term benefits remained unanswered. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Freshmen, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Grade Point Average, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Orientation, Statistical Analysis, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Summer Programs, Tables (Data), Transitional Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bronx Community Coll., NY.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A