ERIC Number: EJ1176113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Building College Readiness: Exploring the Effectiveness of the UNC Academic Summer Bridge Program
Wachen, John; Pretlow, Joshua; Dixon, Karrie G.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v20 n1 p116-138 May 2018
Many students enter college without the skills and knowledge needed to successfully perform college-level work. An important leverage point for increasing college readiness is the transition from high school to college. One strategy implemented at postsecondary institutions to ease this transition, boost academic and social readiness, and foster students' academic momentum is the summer bridge program. The purpose of this study was to examine how summer bridge programs influence student persistence and completion. The study used propensity score analysis to examine the impact of five summer bridge programs operating in the UNC system from 2008 to 2014. The analyses showed a positive association between summer bridge participation and persistence to the second and third years. Participation in the program also increased the likelihood of graduating in 4 years. Additionally, we provide information on the costs of operating these programs.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Readiness, Transitional Programs, Summer Programs, Academic Persistence, Program Effectiveness, Probability, Scores, Correlation, Student Participation, Graduation, Costs, High School Graduates, College Bound Students, Program Design, Quasiexperimental Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
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