Author(s)

Mary Schell

Date Approved

5-12-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

Underprepared college students;College preparation programs--New Jersey

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

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.

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