Assessing Summer Bridge To Support Student Success in Higher Education


June 20, 2019


Kent Seaver

  1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT | 60 Minutes

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There are many options for what a campus or program might choose to include in their Summer Bridge program. When starting a new program or looking to enhance an existing one, there are critical considerations that must be made. From student target groups and the recruitment process to timing, duration, and program content, many factors impact what Summer Bridge looks like and aims to accomplish. This webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to take a broad look at the intended outcomes of their Summer Bridge program while identifying specific program content that can be integrated into their existing efforts, as well as tools and measures that can be used to assess student learning and development.

A growing number of colleges and universities in the United States offer Summer Bridge programs for their incoming students. While these programs consist of many components, are implemented in a variety of ways and target various student populations, the most common type of Summer Bridge program aims to serve historically underrepresented students and students of low socioeconomic status. The primary goal of these programs is to promote college retention and improve college completion rates by providing students with the academic and social tools needed to succeed in college before beginning their undergraduate studies (Garcia & Paz, 2009). While some Summer Bridge programs target all students at an institution, others target specific underserved student groups or students enrolling in particular disciplines (Taylor, 2010). Regardless of the components included or the populations targeted, implementation of a variety of assessment measures will help institutions determine the short and long-term impact of their Summer Bridge programs.

In this webinar will offer insight that will help you meet your students where they are by taking a holistic approach to designing and developing your program.

Why Should You Attend:

Summer Bridge programs are one way that many institutions of higher education are making efforts to plug potential leaks in the college pipeline. Whether they are intended to remediate students who come out of high school lacking the academic preparation to be successful in college or address the needs of first-generation college students who need guidance and support to navigate the procedural aspects of college, the goal of Summer Bridge programs is to ease students transition to college while helping them build a foundation for long-term success. Regardless of whether you are looking to develop a new Summer Bridge program for your campus or enhance an existing one, this session will provide you with practical tools for developing and delivering a Summer Bridge program to suit your needs.

In this webinar, the presenter Kent Seaver will discuss how a culture of evidence has been developed to demonstrate with hard data that the programs offered, the processes implemented, and the services provided are useful and contribute significantly to the institutions ability to achieve its goals and fulfill its mission. As such, the purpose of this session is to share strategies and measures for assessing student attrition, retention, program effectiveness, learning, and satisfaction. Participants will also hear about how student outcomes, learning, and satisfaction data has been leveraged to support the acquisition of critical monetary and human resources and ultimately, program expansion

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of important concepts to consider when creating a new Summer Bridge program, or altering an existing one.
  • Examine possible models for summer bridge programs to target different student populations.
  • Understand how assessment of student success can assist colleges and universities who in determining the effectiveness of their respective 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

Also Includes:

  • Live Q&A session with speaker
  • PowerPoint presentation for download
  • Certificate of attendance

Who Will Benefit:

  • 2-year & 4-year institutions
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Outreach & Recruitment Staff
  • Advising & Counseling
  • Retention Specialist
  • First Year Experience Coordinators
  • Diversity Directors/Specialists
  • Learning Centers

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