Title

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

Advisor

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

12-1-2019

Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 1 Year||forever||10000-01-01

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Major

Community College Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

College

College of Education

Abstract

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.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/16419

Comments

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

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