Eight colleges and universities throughout Texas are participating in the study. Each of the sites implemented a program that included an intensive academic experience for recent high school graduates, with four to five weeks of remedial coursework during the summer of 2009. The programs incorporated pedagogical strategies, such as accelerated and contextualized learning; included lessons on college knowledge to help prepare students for the social and academic rigors of college; and provided stipends of roughly $400 to students who participated and successfully completed the summer program. The eight sites are:
- El Paso Community College, El Paso
- Lone Star College–CyFair, near Houston
- Lone Star College–Kingwood, near Houston
- Palo Alto College, San Antonio
- San Antonio College, San Antonio
- South Texas College, McAllen
- St. Philip’s College, San Antonio
- Texas A&M International University, Laredo
The study is using a random assignment research design to determine the impact of the programs by comparing the outcomes of approximately 800 students enrolled in the developmental summer bridge programs with a control group of about 500 students who did not participate in the programs.
Getting Ready for College presents the programs’ early impacts on student academic outcomes in the first year after the summer intervention, and describes the implementation of the eight summer bridge programs based on program observations, interviews, focus groups, and surveys of students, faculty and administrators.