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Developmental Summer Bridge Programs
Developmental Education

The effects of developmental summer bridge programs on academic achievement, postsecondary enrollment, and credit accumulation for postsecondary students were neither statistically significant nor large enough to be considered substantively important.

Developmental summer bridge programs are designed to reduce the need for developmental education in college by providing students with accelerated developmental instruction. These programs occur in the summer “bridge” period between high school and college and typically incorporate accelerated developmental instruction with college preparation training.

Findings

1
studies that met standards out of
10
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Academic achievement No discernible effects PS --
Access and enrollment No discernible effects PS --
Credit accumulation and persistence No discernible effects PS --

Last Updated: March 2015

Race

Black
7%
White
9%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
84%
Not Hispanic
16%

Delivery Method

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Whole Class

Urbanicity

Urban

Locations

TX
South


Related Resources

This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Development Services Group, Inc. under contract ED–IES–12–C–0084.

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