Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Higher Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

Education Leadership & Counseling

First Advisor

Karyn Rabourn

Academic Year



Summer bridge programs have been an effective strategy for increasing African American students' success in higher education according to Detgen, Fernandez, McMahon, Johnson, and Dailey study (2021). This project explores summer bridge programs and highlights how these programs provide academic, social, and cultural support to help students overcome the challenges they may face during their transition to college (Ghazzawi, Pattison, Horn, Hardy & Brown, 2021). The success of summer bridge programs can be attributed to their ability to provide early academic preparation, build a sense of community, and increase the confidence and self-efficacy of disadvantaged students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields (Detgen, Fernandez, McMahon, Johnson, & Dailey, 2021). By participating in academic workshops, receiving tutoring, mentoring, and building relationships with peers, students are better prepared to navigate the academic and social challenges in STEM fields. Additionally, research highlights the significance of providing targeted support to underrepresented students to ensure their academic success.