M.A. Higher Education
College of Education
Underprepared college students;College preparation programs--New Jersey
The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of underprepared students regarding their participation in a pre-freshman bridge program. Data were collected through a series of interviews conducted over the course of three months. Interviews focused on students' perceptions of their classroom and out-of-classroom experiences, as well as their overall reflections on their participation in the program. Analysis of the interviews showed that students perceived that their participation in a pre-freshman summer bridge program readied them for the academic rigors of college and developed in them the skills to be successful first year students. Students also reported that the program expanded their capacity and desire to initiate conversations with and learn from peers who were different from them. Additionally, this study shed light on the importance of mentoring relationships for first-year college students from underprepared backgrounds.
Schell, Mary, "Educationally underprepared students' perception of their experience in a pre-freshman bridge program" (2010). Theses and Dissertations. 108.