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Mission Statement: The Urban Education Summer Bridge Program is designed to provide assistance to prospective incoming first-year undergraduate students. The program works collaboratively with students to engage in an ongoing transition process from high school to college. The process focuses on fostering academic excellence, leadership, meaningful academic and social connections, and personal development to create a foundation for persistence towards a timely graduation. Through participation in Summer Bridge, students utilize campus resources and develop skills necessary to thrive academically in order to reach their personal goals of graduation.
Description: Summer Bridge will consist of a five-week program, open to a select cohort of prospective first-year program students who have the potential to take up to two college courses for credit (3-6 college credits). The three major components of the Summer Bridge Program include academics, campus resources and social development. The program will connect students to essential campus resources including Financial Aid, Counseling Center, Career Center, Academic Advising Center, Diversity and Inclusion, and other essential campus constituents. Program students will receive ongoing personal, academic, and career advising after the completion of the Summer Bridge Program. Additionally, the program will provide students with opportunities for leadership development and civic engagement. These program services continue throughout the student's educational career at Westfield State University (WSU).
The Summer Bridge Program provides an opportunity for prospective students to transition into college with an early support system with their cohort, student leaders, alumni, and Program staff. Participants become familiar with campus, meet various campus constituents and support services, and attend collegiate courses with coursework that has a strong emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills. Courses offered in the past included:
The Urban Education Summer Bridge Program begins during the summer after graduation from high school. First-year students are accepted to the University on a conditional basis and must successfully complete all five weeks of the program to gain full matriculation for the academic year.
Successful completion of the Summer Bridge Program is based on the following requirements:
The Summer Bridge Program experience includes intensive academic instruction and leadership development through peer mentorship, University staff, Urban Education Program (UEP) alumni and other student leaders. During the Summer Bridge Program students are enrolled in a First Year Success Seminar, English, and Math Workshops which are not for credit. Students are also enrolled in a three (3) credit WSU core course. A three (3) credit math course may also be offered to students contingent upon high school math grades, SAT or ACT scores, placement test, and other factors as assessed by the Math Department.
Return Summer Bridge Program forms by Friday, June 15, 2018
Welcome Day is Saturday, June 23, 2018
First Day of Class Monday, June 25, 2018
Last Day of Class Thursday July 26, 2018