Journal Title

Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education: Research and Practice

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In this paper, we report on the summer bridge programs offered by University of Portland to support “at-risk” freshman and sophomore engineering students. We define “at-risk” students as first and second-year students in good academic standing (i.e., not on academic probation) who are behind in their degree progress, either because they were not calculus ready when they started college, or because they did not earn a sufficient grade in one or more courses during their first two years in college. Each program targets students at a different point in their education: incoming freshmen and rising sophomores. We developed these bridges in conjunction with a grant-funded retention program and they have evolved based on quantitative and qualitative assessment data. By implementing these interventions, we hope to address the two major leaks in our retention pipeline: between the first and third semester and between the third and fifth semester, so that students graduate within a four-year timeframe that aligns with their financial aid.


Academic achievement; Engineering students; Higher Education; Student success programs

Publication Information

Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education: Research and Practice, 2016, 1-6.

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Conference Presentation