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Seeking suggestions for financial incentives for students' participation in summer bridge program

Posted By Anne Van Arsdall, Monday, September 11, 2017

One of the colleges at Colorado State University is exploring a summer bridge program for high school juniors to raise awareness of careers while increasing access to, and diversity within, the college and the field.

They are seeking a value add component, such as course credit or another financial incentive that will allow the participants to decrease time to graduation. One idea being explored is to offer a tuition discount/scholarship which students can apply to CSU after participation in the program. 

I am curious if anyone has experience with either of these types of incentives (credit for HS students or a scholarship to be applied later).  Also, if you have additional incentive ideas please share. 

Thank you!


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Christopher Cofer says...
Posted Monday, September 11, 2017
Many institutions have pre-college summer programs for rising seniors which offer college credit. At SU, we have high school students taking courses and earning 6 SU credits in a 6-week session. We also have 2, 3, and 4-week programs. Some of these are non-credit and a few offer 1 to 3 credits. In, we offered 32 programs last summer and had students in more than 50 different courses. I would not call these "value added" as the classes are the core experience of the respective programs where students are able to explore college majors (& potential careers), experience college life, and more.

The postponed credit/scholarship option would complicated and I'm not sure if we could do that here. That said, many of our pre-college students apply to SU and receive substantial awards in part because of their recognized abilities and success in our program.

We also have a bridge program but we define that differently. Our bridge is for recent HS grads who are matriculating in the fall to attend SU. It's called SummerStart.
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Anne Van Arsdall says...
Posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Thank you Christopher! It sounds like you offer quite a variety for your students. And it certainly does make sense that students would be competitive for relevant scholarships as a result of participation in the pre-college programs.
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