ERIC Number: EJ1095163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Research and Teaching: Association of Summer Bridge Program Outcomes with STEM Retention of Targeted Demographic Groups
Tomasko, David L.; Ridgway, Judith S.; Waller, Rocquel J.; Olesik, Susan V.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v45 n4 Mar 2016
Retention of students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) major has been studied for four cohorts participating in a summer bridge program supported by the National Science Foundation. Students participated in a 6-week program prior to their first term of enrollment at a research-intensive land grant university. Comparisons to baseline incoming classes from 2009-2011 show gains in retention to major out to the third year for underrepresented minorities (African American, Hispanic, Native American), first-generation college students, and females. Gains for underrepresented minorities and females are statistically significant, whereas those for first-generation students are not. These gains are associated with participation in a 6-week summer bridge program and the resulting improvement in preparation for college coursework, sense of belonging as measured by qualitative surveys, and use of academic support structures.
Descriptors: STEM Education, First Generation College Students, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, American Indian Students, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Majors (Students), Cohort Analysis, Summer Programs, Transitional Programs, Research Universities, Land Grant Universities, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Gender Differences, Comparative Analysis, Statistical Significance, Student Participation, Student Improvement, College Preparation, Sense of Community, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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