“Summer bridge programs can benefit all students, but they are absolutely critical to the success and retention of first-generation college-goers”
The economic state of the country is difficult today – thanks to limited resources and budget cuts! In this upheaval, it is critical to determine best prices to make most of the existing assets and continue to serve students effectively at the time same. A variety of challenges are suffered by first-generation college-goers as they enter and walk towards higher education. Fact is, much of the existing research in this field indicate about students whose parents didn’t attend college, are likely to be less academically prepared for college as opposed to their non-first-generation counterparts – when it comes to the knowledge of applying for colleges and financial assistance, or acclimating themselves to college post enrollment.
Educational bodies, as such, need to provide students with specific resources and support them so that their transition in and through colleges are successful. Ackerman (2006) talked about summer bridge programs, and how it helped first generation, low-income students to sail through college transition. Various elements are infused by effective summer bridge programs which ensure that students get to have a real connection with the campus. The models use a holistic approach involving not only peer mentors and academic advisors, but also include career exploration, study skill workshops and other such high impact practices, as observed by McCurrie, 2009.
Summer bridge programs, like the one discussed in this session by expert speaker Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez can help in supplementing the existing institutional and programmatic efforts in supporting the first-gen students, and build relationships between student affairs divisions and academics, empowering students at the same time by developing their critical college knowledge. Developing critical college knowledge help students in ensuring their academic retention and success.
During the session, Dr. Oliverez will also provide answers to some important questions on:
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Who Should Attend
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