Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Summer Bridge Programs

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Summer Bridge Programs

Article excerpt

Many individuals face barriers to success in the academic world. In particular, low-income youth face challenging obstacles to get a job or succeed in postsecondary education. Limited financial support is not the only problem causing many youth to be ill-prepared.

Studies show that close to half of collegebound low-income high school graduates are not well-prepared to take college-level courses. Developmental courses take up a majority of their first few semesters of college in order to prepare them for courses that will eventually count towards their degree. Therefore the chances of earning their credential in less than 6 years is less than 20%.

These employment and educational challenges have sparked ideas for implementing "summer bridge" programs at community colleges. Various summer bridge programs have been growing across the country, with some delivered via nonprofits and many others state-sponsored. These programs generally allow for students to attend developmental classes in reading, math, and English during the summer prior to attending college.

A proposed innovation for summer bridge programs is to offer them to high school juniors who are college-bound but not necessarily ready for college. The intent is to better prepare them to pass their entrance exams and enroll in collegelevel classes right away and thereby earn their degree more quickly. …

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