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ERIC Number: ED561788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 129
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-4604-7
Summer Bridge Programs: A Quantitative Study of the Relationship between Participation and Institutional Integration Using Tinto's Student Integration Model at a Mid-Sized, Public University in Massachusetts
Arena, Meaghan L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northeastern University
With six-year degree completion rates for undergraduate students at a dismal 50% nationally (Weddle-West & Bingham, 2010), many institutions of higher education strive to develop programming to increase student retention rates. Summer bridge programs, an example of commonly used retention programs, seek to increase retention rates by integrating students both academically and socially into their institutions. These programs fit squarely into Tinto's (1975) Student Integration Model which states that one reason for student withdrawal is a lack of institutional integration. This study seeks to determine if successful students, i.e. those who have graduated or who are nearing graduation, feel more integrated than other at-risk students after completion of a summer bridge experience at a mid-sized, public University in Massachusetts. Through survey research, alum and students nearing graduation were asked about their perceptions of integration using the Institutional Integration Scale and data were analyzed using SPSS, commercially available statistical software. The Institutional Integration Scale, which is broken into five subscales, showed a statistically significant level of integration between students and alum who attended the bridge program and those who did not in only one subscale--the academic and intellectual development subscale. Female students showed a greater significant difference than did male students. Implications of these findings include the ability to modify programming to build on identified programmatic strengths and the ability for higher education administrators to more clearly understand the connection between Tinto's (1975) Student Integration Model and successfully retained students on campus. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts