Summer bridge programs can benefit all students, but they are absolutely critical to the success and retention of first-generation college-goers.
During these testing economic times with limited resources and budget cuts, it is important to determine the best practices for making the best use of existing assets while continuing to effectively serve students. The fresh, first generation college-goers go through a number of challenges as they enter and go through higher education.
In fact, much of the existing research indicates that students whose parents did not attend college are more likely than their non first-generation counterparts to be less academically prepared for college, to have less knowledge of how to apply for college and for financial assistance, and to have more difficulty in acclimating themselves to college once they enroll (Tym, et al., 2005). As such, educational institutions must provide students with specific types of resources and support to insure that they move into and through college successfully. Ackerman (2006) demonstrated that summer bridge programs for low-income, first generation students helped to ease their transition into college. Effective summer bridge programs infuse various elements to ensure that students make a real connection to the campus. These models incorporate the holistic approach with not only using academic advisors & peer mentors, but also include career exploration, study skills workshops and a host of other high impact practices (McCurrie, 2009).
Summer Bridge programs like the one described in this webinar by expert speaker Paz Maya Oliverez here can serve to supplement existing programmatic and institutional efforts to support first-generation students, while building relationships between academic and student affairs divisions and empowering students through the development of critical college knowledge to ensure their academic success and retention.
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Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez
Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez is currently Interim Associate Vice President of Student Success at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she administers EOP, Summer Bridge, the Dominguez Hills First-Year Experience, the Career Center, & Supplemental Instruction. Dr. Oliverez is also currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Masters ... More info