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ERIC Number: ED562034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Improving College Writing before the Freshman Year: Findings from 10 Years of a Summer Bridge Program. The Summer Before Series
Relles, Stefani R.; Tierney, William G.
Pullias Center for Higher Education
Students who graduate from high school who are college-ready are more likely to graduate than those who are not college-ready. The need for remediation on college campuses burdens both students and institutions with financial and opportunity costs that at best delay, and at worst impede graduation rates. At a time when workforce preparation skills are increasing, a challenge for postsecondary institutions is to think about how to structure students' learning experiences prior to their freshman year so that they arrive college-ready. For over a decade, the Pullias Center for Higher Education (PCHE) at the University of Southern California (USC) has been working on ways to increase the college writing readiness of low-income and minority students. This report presents findings from 10 years of a summer bridge program designed to support the secondary to postsecondary writing transitions of college-bound graduates from under-performing high schools. In this report, the authors provide an overview of the structure and logistics of the program, the theoretical framework that has guided its development, as well as the curriculum and evaluation model. The authors discuss results and findings about what matters and what does not, and finally the implementation obstacles they have faced. The following are appended: (1) The Pre-Program Essay; (2) The Paper Prompt; (3) Next Indicated Action Matrix; (4) The Checklist; (5) MadLibs Argument Worksheet; (6) Pictograph of Narrative and Argumentative Composition Structure; (7) "Turn It In on Time" Protocol; (8) The Workshop Constitution; (9) Sample Workshop Schedule; (10) Conference on Activism Schedule; (11) Conference Introduction Cheat Sheet; (12) Activism Conference Template; and (13) Conference Nine Minute Group Presentation Script.
Pullias Center for Higher Education. University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, Waite Phillips Hall Room 701, 3470 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089. Tel: 213-740-7218; Fax: 213-740-3889; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Pullias Center for Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: California