For years, bridge programs have proven to aid in students’ academic success and achievement. Bridge programs have various structures. They can be within or between institutions. They can also be programs designed to provide developmental education to students. Some bridge programs aid in preparing and feeding students into certain advanced and professional degrees. Whatever the structure, many MSIs are using bridge programs to ensure the success of underrepresented groups in higher education. In today’s Monday Morning MSI Lineup, we have information on 10 MSI bridge programs that ensure success.
The program couples targeted recruitment with active retention strategies, and is built upon a clearly defined structure that is flexible enough to address individual student needs while maintaining clearly communicated baseline standards for student performance. A key precept of the program’s philosophy is to eliminate passivity in student mentoring; students are deliberately groomed to successfully transition into the PhD program through active involvement in research experiences with future PhD advisors, coursework that demonstrates competency in core PhD subject areas, and frequent interactions with joint mentoring committees.
The Native Hawaiian Student Services (NHSS) Hūlili Bridge Program is a six-week summer intensive support service for Native Hawaiian community college students who plan to transition from their home campus to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Selected students participate in campus orientation tours, workshops designed to increase academic preparedness, wellness & cultural enrichment as well as a Hawaiian Studies summer course for credit. All expenses are paid and participants also receive a summer stipend.
The Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP) program is a collaborative effort sustained by a coalition of six colleges and universities in the State of Tennessee to significantly increase the number of underrepresented minority students statewide. Students must complete undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
B2E is a cohort-based learning community that focuses on increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities, women and veterans in the field of engineering. The program helps participants explore careers in engineering and places them on an academic pathway to become engineers. Participants take classes together, receive academic counseling, tutoring, guaranteed enrollment in math courses and paid engineering internships. Participants also are prepared to transfer to a four-year engineering program (UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton) to continue their degree in engineering.
The Metas Program coordinates instructional and student support services in collaboration with other programs and departments across campus. The program offers a range of options through learning support services such as Avanzamos, Supplemental Instruction, Summer Bridge, and Peer-Led Team Learning.
The SBP program focuses on strengthening participants’ STEM related academic skills. Participants attend four-1 hour courses during the six week program. Classes include: “Critical Writing and Reading,” “Mathematics,” “Science & Engineering Fundamentals,” and “Introduction to Scientific Computing and Visualization,” and along with some exposure to physics and biotechnology.
The UCSD-Morehouse-Spelman Physics Bridge program supports up to 5 students per year from Morehouse and Spelman Colleges to participate in cutting-edge physics research at UC San Diego, receive training in research skills, and participate in workshops on graduate school admissions and preparation. In addition, all participants receive two years of graduate funding if they are accepted into any UC graduate program.
The STEM Summer Academy is a bridge program that offers the necessary skills and knowledge to pre-college high school graduates to help make a seamless transition to college. STEM Scholars receive room and board. The STEM Scholars Summer Academy is designed to enhance, enrich, and refresh the in-coming freshmen in mathematics, English, writing skills, social decorum, and campus survival skills. Student achievement is assessed during and after the program.
The mission of the Bridges program is to improve tribal college student learning, leading to high student achievement in science by creating opportunities for students to participate in summer science activities in a university setting, providing professional development for tribal college teachers, and providing mentoring experiences that will lead to students’ successful completion of science majors and degree programs.
The Grays Harbor College reservation-based “bridge program” is a direct transfer Associate of Arts (AA) degree. This degree can be transferred to any four-year college or university. In most cases, this degree will satisfy the general education degree requirements at any four-year college or university. This program was designed to articulate with The Evergreen State College’s upper division program so students would have a reservation-based Bachelor’s degree available to them.