An Exploratory Descriptive Study of the Bridge Scholars Program at a Private, Faith-Based University
Abilene Campus (Residential)
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Master of Science
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An exploratory descriptive study was completed regarding the Bridge Scholars program in a private, faith-based university setting. The program was described as bridge because it was created to be a flexible consideration in the student admissions process, as the required metrics for admittance were modified for students that would not have otherwise been admitted to the university. Admitted provisionally, these students had to earn a 2.5 GPA or above before they were considered fully assimilated students. This admissions exception has been in place since 2016, when the program was initiated.
Three student cohorts were analyzed with particular emphasis on academic achievement, as evidenced by GPA and university persistence, which was measured by semesters completed and/or degree completion. Independent variables sough in the archived de-identified data collected by the university office of institutional effectiveness (OIE), included gender, race/ethnicity, high school cumulative GPA, final college GPA, number of semesters completed by students, and degree completion. A data set that included these variables was statistically analyzed in a pre-experimental descriptive design format with a population of N = 110.
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King, Susan Lewis, "An Exploratory Descriptive Study of the Bridge Scholars Program at a Private, Faith-Based University" (2021). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 344.