Our article is divided into five sections. First, our study explores the demographic, economic, and cultural changes influencing higher education. We also explain the tangible and intangible benefits of a college education for first-generation, underrepresented students (FGUS). Second, we provide a brief discussion of the history of Trinity University and our Summer Bridge program. Third, our study describes our Summer Bridge program. Fourth, the data we collected examines how our Summer Bridge students’ grades and retention rates compare to our other first-year students. And, fifth, our article concludes with a discussion of future directions for our Summer Bridge program and how it may apply to other higher educational institutions. In particular, we offer recommendations for other student affairs professionals who also will be experiencing an increase in first-generation, underrepresented students.
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Hermann, J. R., Tynes, S., & Apfel, W. (2020). Trinity University's summer bridge program: Navigating the changing demographics in higher education. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 1-7. doi: 10.1080/19496591.2020.1717964
Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice
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