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Bridging Programs: Pathways to Equity in Post-Secondary Education

Bridging Programs: Pathways to Equity in Post-Secondary Education

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Title: Bridging Programs: Pathways to Equity in Post-Secondary Education
Author: Stol, Jacqueline
Houwer, Rebecca
Todd, Sarah
Abstract: The purpose of this report is to review the evidence related to how well existing PSE bridging programs support and enable underrepresented youth to access, persist, and complete a PSE program. To close the PSE opportunity gap and “move the dial” on PSE access and completion equity, our report is intended to serve as an evidence-based resource for youth-serving organizations and individuals interested in developing and/or evaluating bridging programs. This report provides a point-in-time summary of the evidence-base related to PSE bridging programs. As this field of research evolves, so will the data. As such, this report presents a snapshot of both the academic and grey literature, highlighting promising practices that are evidence-based and that, as a result, provide an important starting point for those interested in program development and/or evaluation.

This paper seeks to: review and assess the most effective bridging strategies and/or programs for engaging underrepresented youth in PSE; present evaluated strategies for engaging young people in bridging opportunities and for keeping them engaged and supported after transitioning to PSE; and reflect on the challenges in the delivery of bridging programs and examine case studies of programs that have achieved significant success.
Subject: bridging program
higher education
post-secondary education
educational attainment
Type: Technical Report
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada
URI: https://doi.org/10.15868/socialsector.33747
Series: Moving the Dial on Youth Wellbeing;
Citation: Stol, J., Houwer, R., & Todd, S. (2016). Bridging Programs: Pathways to Equity in Post-Secondary Education. Toronto, ON: Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX).
ISBN: 9781550146448
Date: 2016-09

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