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Hi Leticia,
 
Florida has a site for best practices in higher education.  You may want to look there for information. 
 
http://www.fldcu.org/retention/default.asp
 
We run a successful summer bridge program called the Pegasus Success Program.  Below is a description:
 

The Pegasus Success Program is a collaborative learning community that focuses on an integrating curriculum, interdisciplinary courses, and personal growth activities to provide a strong foundation to inspire students to achieve their full potential.

 

It is a specialized 6-week early entry program offered to high-risk students who attend during the summer before their freshman year. These students’ high school grades or standardized test scores place them just below UCF admission standards.  Historically, these students categorized as “academically at-risk” and were denied access to the university.  Under the Pegasus Success Program, the Undergraduate Admissions office admits students to UCF on a provisional basis for the six-week program through the Pegasus Success Program.  Once students accept admission into the program, a member of the Student Academic Resource Center (SARC) team provides basic program information.  Students participate in a mandatory 2-day university-wide orientation, 1-day Pegasus Success Program overview, meet the SARC staff, and receive their course schedules, workshop schedules, and weekly advising times.

 

Before entering the program students must sign an agreement indicating that they will participate in all classes, follow program guidelines, and attend Pegasus Success Program activities. During the 6-week summer program, all Pegasus Success students must complete two college-level classes (6 semester credit hours) with a grade of C or better in each class in order to continue their enrollment at UCF in the fall.  All Pegasus Success students must participate in the weekly academic support programs specifically designated to upgrade their learning skills to succeed in college level academics.

 

Pegasus Success students are encouraged to live on campus during the six week summer term.  These students are assigned to live as a group in a pre-assigned residence hall to enhance the concept of a learning community.  To ensure student success in meeting requirements for fall enrollment, Pegasus Success students cannot be employed during the six weeks summer term. 


94% of the Pegasus persist and enroll in their second semester vs.about 88% of regular freshmen.
 
 
Best wishes............
 
 
Dennis
 
 
Dennis H. Congos
Supplemental Instruction Coordinator
Student Academic Resource Center (SARC)
POB 163115
114 Phillips Hall
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32816-3115
Phone 407-823-5130
FAX 407-823-2051
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