How to Develop & Implement a Summer Bridge Program for First-Generation College Students (EDU762M)

Presented By: Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 90 minutes
  • Tue, July 26, 2016
Event Description

Support First Generation Students in Sailing Through College With an Effective Summer Bridge Program

“Summer bridge programs can benefit all students, but they are absolutely critical to the success and retention of first-generation college-goers”

First-generation college-goers face a variety of challenges as they enter higher education. Fact is, much of the existing research in this field indicates that students whose parents didn’t attend college are likely to be less academically prepared for college than their non-first-generation counterparts – when it comes applying for admission and financial assistance or acclimating themselves to college post enrollment.

Educational bodies, as such, need to provide students with specific resources and support them so that their transition in and through colleges are successful. Ackerman (2006) talked about summer bridge programs, and how these helped first generation, low-income students to sail through the college transition. Effective summer bridge programs ensure that students get to have a real connection with the campus. The summer bridge model uses a holistic approach involving not only peer mentors and academic advisors, but also career exploration, study skill workshops and other such high impact practices, as observed by McCurrie, 2009.

Summer bridge programs, like the one discussed in this session by expert speaker Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez can help in supplementing the existing institutional and programmatic efforts in supporting the first-gen students, and build relationships between student affairs divisions and academics, empowering students at the same time by developing their critical college knowledge. Developing critical college knowledge help students in ensuring their academic retention and success.

During the session, Dr. Oliverez will address these topics:

  • The usual duration of summer session /bridge program offered by universities
  • Involvement of parents/guardians in summer sessions
  • College survival & success powerpoint
  • Cost involved and exemptions granted in such summer sessions
  • Student assessment during these bridge programs
  • And more!

Key Takeaways:

  • Summer Bridge Contract
  • Peer Mentor Worksheet
  • College Survival & Success PowerPoint
  • Faculty Panel Questions & Handout
  • Financial Literacy PowerPoint & Handout
  • Summer Bridge Pre-Survey
  • Summer Bridge Post-Survey

Session Highlights:

  • Know how summer bridge programs play a big role to support first-generation college students in degree completion;
  • Best practices to implement and develop a summer bridge program;
  • Determine which programmatic components are appropriate for your campus and student population;
  • How to empower first-generation students through the provision of critical college knowledge, including help-seeking behaviors;
  • What are the knowledge and skills needed to build programmatic and institutional capacity through the development and implementation of a summer bridge program?; and
  • Various methods for evaluating the outcomes and effectiveness of your summer bridge program.

Who Should Attend

  • 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
  • Vice President Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Dean of Student Services/Affairs
  • Student Services Staff:
    • Advising
    • Counseling
    • Career Services
    • Recruiters
    • Residence Life
    • Retention Specialist
    • Student Life
  • Campus Staff:
    • Developmental Education
    • Diversity
    • First Year Experience
    • Learning Centers
    • Tutoring

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About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez
Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez is currently Interim Associate Vice President of Student Success at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she administers EOP, Summer Bridge, the Dominguez Hills First-Year Experience, the Career Center, & Supplemental Instruction. Dr. Oliverez is also currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Mast... More info


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