The Impact of a Comprehensive Program on College Success of Academically and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Students

Corliss Brown Thompson (Northeastern University)
Yufeng Qian (Louisiana State University)


Low rates in college graduation and persistence have been a significant and persistent issue among urban high school graduates in the Unites States of America, especially for the academically and socioeconomically disadvantaged student population. In response to a college completion initiative, higher education institutions in one large city have joined forces to battle this issue. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to examine the effects of one such university’s comprehensive support program on public high school graduates’ success in college graduation and persistence, and identifies a set of unique high impact practices that have contributed to the success of the program.


Bridge Program; Persistence; Retention; Graduation; Racial Disparity; Gender Disparity

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