Theses and Dissertations


Summer bridge programs: Their impact on community college students’ GPA, retention, graduation, credit hours and discipline

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


King, Stephanie B.

Committee Member

King, Stephanie B.

Committee Member

Fincher, Mark E.

Committee Member

Coats, Linda T.

Committee Member

White, Carol C.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Community College Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Education


Department of Educational Leadership


Many postsecondary institutions have implemented summer bridge programs as a way to assist underprepared students in achieving academic success during the summer prior to their freshman year. The research on these programs is limited and even more limited on programs in the community college ranks. This study examined participants in a summer bridge program from 2015-2018 and compared them to nonparticipants with similar ACT subscores in math and English. This quantitative study answered six research questions about the institution’s summer bridge program. Results showed there was no significant difference between participants and nonparticipants in grade point average (GPA), grades in English Composition I and College Algebra, retention, credit hours earned, and graduation rates. However, the results showed that participants in the program were involved in more discipline issues when compared to nonparticipants. These findings are consistent with some of the literature presented and not consistent with others.



Summer Bridge Programs||Discipline Issues||Gatekeeper Courses||Retention

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