Bridging the Gap: An Impact Study of Eight Developmental Summer Bridge Programs in Texas

Barnett, Elisabeth; Bork, Rachel Julia Hare; Mayer, Alexander K.; Pretlow, Joshua; Wathington, Heather D.; Trimble, Madeline Joy

Developmental summer bridge programs are a popular strategy for increasing college readiness among recent high school graduates. Aimed at providing an alternative to traditional developmental education, these programs provide accelerated and focused learning opportunities in order to help students acquire the knowledge and skills needed for college success. The current study uses an experimental design to evaluate the outcomes of eight developmental summer bridge programs offered in Texas during the summer of 2009. At each college, students who consented to participate in the study were randomly assigned to either a program group that was eligible to participate in a developmental summer bridge program or a control group that was eligible to use any other services that the college provided. Based on a program model developed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the developmental summer bridge programs in this study included four common features: accelerated instruction in developmental math, reading, and/or writing; academic support; a “college knowledge” component; and the opportunity to earn a $400 stipend.


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Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
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April 2, 2014