ERIC Number: ED394536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-26
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The Benefits of College Discovery Prefreshman Summer Program for Minority and Low Income Students.
Santa Rita, Emilio; Bacote, Joseph B.
The College Discovery Prefreshman Summer Program (CDPSP) at New York's Bronx Community College is a 6-week summer bridge program providing minority and low-income students with career counseling, study skills, and intensive instruction in English, reading, and mathematics. To determine the effects of the program on participants' academic, personal, and social development, a study was undertaken of the 52 students enrolled in the 1993 CDPSP. Academic outcomes were tracked through the students' first 2 semesters and questionnaires were mailed in February 1994 to gather data on students' attitudes regarding the program. An analysis of academic records and survey responses received from 44 students indicated the following: (1) participants were 65% female, 48% African-American, 44% Hispanic, and 8% Asian; (2) with respect to fulfillment of participants' academic and non-academic goals, African-Americans gave the highest and Asians gave the lowest ratings; (3) with respect to the preparation received from the CDPSP, participants gave classroom preparation a mean rating of 2.2 out of 3, while attitudinal preparation received a mean rating of 2.3; (4) during the CDPSP, participants' mean grade point average (GPA) was 2.64, while for fall 1993-94 it fell slightly to 2.3 and for spring 1994 it rose to 2.37; and (5) 93% of the CDPSP students persisted into their third semester. Data tables are appended. (TGI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Educational Counseling, High Risk Students, Minority Groups, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Remedial Programs, School Holding Power, School Orientation, Special Needs Students, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Summer Programs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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