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"Summer bridge programs" are designed to ease the transition to college and support postsecondary success by providing students with the academic skills and social resources needed to succeed in a college environment. These programs occur in the summer "bridge" period between high school and college. Although the content of summer bridge programs can vary across institutions and by the population served, they typically last 2-4 weeks and involve (a) an in-depth orientation to college life and resources, (b) academic advising, (c) training in skills necessary for college success (e.g., time management and study skills), and/or (d) accelerated academic coursework. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) identified one study of "summer bridge programs" that both falls within the scope of the Supporting Postsecondary Success topic area and meets WWC group design standards. This study meets WWC group design standards with reservations. The study included 2,222 undergraduate students enrolled at Georgia Tech. Based on the study, "summer bridge programs" were found to have potentially positive effects on postsecondary attainment for postsecondary students. The following are appended: (1) Research details for Murphy et al. (2010); (2) Outcome measure for the degree attainment (college) domain; and (3) Findings included in the rating for the degree attainment (college) domain. [Study that meets WWC group design standards with reservations was: Murphy, T. E., Gaughan, M., Hume, R., & Moore, S. G. Jr. (2010). "College graduation rates for minority students in a selective technical university: Will participation in a summer bridge program contribute to success?" "Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis," 32(1), 70-83. doi: 10.3102/0162373709360064. See EJ880616 to view the study.]

Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Summer Programs, Transitional Programs, High School Graduates, College Bound Students, School Orientation, Academic Advising, Skill Development, Time Management, Study Skills, Acceleration (Education), Undergraduate Students, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Educational Attainment, Program Effectiveness

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