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How to Develop and Implement a Summer Bridge Program for First-Generation College Students (EDU288Y)

Presented by: Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez
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Use Summer Bridge Programs to Improve First-Generation Students’ Success

First-generation college students experience a variety of challenges as they make the transition from high school to college. 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). Their lack of college knowledge makes navigating higher education particularly difficult and often results in poor retention. However, when first-generation students participate in effective Summer Bridge programs they are more likely to make a successful transition from high school to college and persist through their first year of college and beyond.

As such, educational institutions must provide students with specific types of resources and support to ensure 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 a holistic approach that includes not only academic advisors and peer mentors but also career exploration, study skills workshops, and a host of other high impact practices(McCurrie, 2009).

In this session, expert speaker Paz Oliverez will demonstrate how one institution was able to establish a comprehensive first-year experience program that begins with a Summer Bridge experience for all first-time freshmen. Summer Bridge programs like the one to be described 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.

This session will begin with a discussion of the challenges faced by first-generation college students as they begin college. Next, Paz will discuss one model of a successful Summer Bridge program that takes a holistic, high-touch approach to supporting student success. Paz will discuss matters for consideration when developing or enhancing a Summer Bridge program: program goal(s), program size and structure, curricular components, scope of programs and services, and institutional/program capacity. You will also get examples of measures that can be used to assess the impact of your efforts.

In these difficult economic times of budget cuts and limited resources, determining best practices for making the most of existing assets while continuing to serve students effectively is critical. After attending this session, you will be better equipped to establish or enhance a Summer Bridge program to support the transition of first-generation college students. You will also gain a better understanding of high-impact practices you can collaboratively implement on your own campus to ensure that students possess the necessary information, guidance, and support that will allow them to make a successful transition to college and persist to graduation. You will get tools that can be used or modified for your own Summer Bridge students. Paz will discuss qualitative and quantitative methods for assessing program outcomes to demonstrate the impact of these efforts.

Session Highlights

You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of important considerations to make when designing a new Summer Bridge program or enhancing an existing one
  • Learn about multiple possible models for Summer Bridge programs to target different student populations
  • Identify several possible program components to include in your own Summer Bridge program
  • Learn how to empower students by providing the appropriate Summer Bridge programming to suit their needs and set them up for success in college
  • Learn about multiple strategies for measuring the impact and effectiveness of Summer Bridge programs

Session Agenda

You will learn:

  • How to develop a Summer Bridge program that builds a strong foundation for the short- and long-term success of first-generation college students
  • How to identify and implement the Summer Bridge program components best-suited to serve your students’ needs
  • Steps you can take to establish and maintain relationships between staff and faculty to build or strengthen your Summer Bridge program
  • Strategies to assess your Summer Bridge program and measure outcomes to make evidence-based decisions

Who Should Attend

  • 2-year institutions and 4-year institutions
  • Dean of students
  • Associate vice presidents of student success
  • Associate vice presidents of student life
  • Associate vice presidents of student services
  • Associate vice presidents of student affairs
  • Advisors
  • Counselors
  • Faculty
  • Student services/affairs
  • Career services/career counselors
  • Recruiters
  • Residence life
  • Retention specialists
  • Student life
  • Cultural center staff
  • Resource center staff
  • Enrollment management
    • Admissions
    • Financial aid
    • Outreach
  • Research programs
  • Service learning/internships
  • Developmental education
  • Diversity
  • First year experience
  • Learning centers
About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez | Undocumented Students SpeakerDr. 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

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