June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
FPD VIII: Crossing Bridges and Easing Transitions into the First Year
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“Summer Bridge Program: A Jumpstart for Engineering Students”The mission of the Summer Bridge (SB) Program is to support entering students in making asuccessful transition into the life and community of the university. The intensive two week SBprogram, developed as an additional support for incoming, first year students, provides a high-impact, high-touch experience to bridge the academic gap between high school and college.Since the inception of the program, students participating in Bridge have been retained andgraduate at a higher rate than students who do not participate in the program. Although theprogram is marketed to first generation, low income, and underrepresented students, campuswide participant GPAs continue to be statistically higher and DFW rates remain statisticallylower than the general student population.This session will explore the success of the SB program as well as share information about theunique teaching methodology and innovative practices used during the program to specificallyretain engineering students. It will present quantitative and qualitative data that demonstrate thevarious reasons for success of the program and show evidence of the program as a best practicefor first year engineering programs. Survey data of recent SB participants who are engineeringmajors will show the impact of specific Bridge activities on the students’ academic lives bothduring the freshman year and beyond. GPA data and engineering retention rates will beexamined comparing SB participants to engineering majors in general. The two presenters of thissession are part of the instructional team for the engineering section of the SB program and willprovide insight into some aspects of the program that have worked well and others that havefallen short of expectations. Finally, the team will share issues to be considered for otherinstitutions interested in creating or enhancing a program like the SB program.
King, D., & Masterson, L. (2011, June), Summer Bridge Program: A Jumpstart for Engineering Students Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18701
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