ERIC Number: ED413956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Bridges to Business. Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education Final Report.
Bridges to Business is a dual admissions program between Holyoke Community College (HCC) (Massachusetts) and the School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass). Established to attract, educate, and graduate linguistic minority students, the FIPSE-funded program addressed the major problems faced by limited English proficiency students, such as below-average rates of retention and graduation, low aspirations, lack of financial support, and difficulty meeting university admission requirements. Bridges to Business offered academic and personal support services, such as bilingual teaching assistants and workshops, to linguistic minority students enrolled in the Business Studies program at HCC. Students were required to maintain a 2.5 GPA or above and earn at least a C in six predictor courses in order to earn an associate degree and transfer to UMass. When compared with all minority students enrolled at HCC, Bridges to Business students maintained a higher grade point average and rate of retention. Though the inhibiting factors of poverty and a lack of self-confidence proved to be barriers equal to the lack of language proficiency, 7 students out of the program's 43 earned associate degrees and 3 transferred to the School of Management at UMass. Appendices include considerations in reviewing future proposals and acquiring assistance from FIPSE. (YKH)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Bilingual Education Programs, Bilingual Teacher Aides, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Cultural Awareness, Educationally Disadvantaged, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Language Minorities, Minority Groups, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, School Holding Power, Selective Admission, Student Recruitment, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Holyoke Community Coll., MA.