Date Approved

4-23-2020

Embargo Period

4-27-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Tinnin, Drew

Second Advisor

Walpole, MaryBeth

Third Advisor

McCombs, Tyrone

Subject(s)

College preparation programs

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The goal of this study was to determine how participation in a summer bridge program prior to beginning an undergraduate collegiate career positively or negatively affects student success throughout their time at a college or university Additionally, the study took a look at the positive and negative transitional experiences of the students who participated. This qualitative study was completed by student participants who are currently enrolled at Rowan University and have participated in the ASCEND/EOF program. As a result of the study, the research will suggest recommendations based off of the feedback and experiences she received from the students who completed the online questionnaire or completed an in-person interview.

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