FACTS AND INFORMATION ABOUT ASP AND THE SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM

Q: What is the Academic Success Program?

A: ASP provides access (opportunity) and support to students that do not meet requirements for regular admission, yet who have the potential to succeed in higher education. ASP strives to develop and maintain a comprehensive academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular support system for the purpose of enhancing student persistence toward graduation.

Q: Who decides/determines that a student must enroll in the ASP-Summer Bridge Program?

A: Admissions Office decides based upon a variety of factors.

Q: How many students participate in the Summer Bridge Program?

A: Approximately 150 this year.

Q: How many students successfully complete the Summer Bridge Program?

A: Over the past 6 years, anywhere from 85-95% successfully complete the Summer Bridge Program and are eligible to continue their enrollment into the fall semester.

Q: Do incoming ASP students have a major?

A: Over the past 6 years, anywhere from 85-95% successfully complete the Summer Bridge Program and are eligible to continue their enrollment into the fall semester.

Q: What and who is an “Academic Advisor” in ASP?

A: Various SU faculty from the Department of Academic Services serve as the Academic Advisor for all incoming, first-year ASP students. ASP students’ academic advisor is their professor from ASP 101: Introduction to Higher Education course as well. These faculty are highly skilled and trained individuals providing support and aiding students in their transition to higher education and assist students to; identify academic career goals, declare a major/program of study that is appropriate for their personal interest and academic skill set, and create semester schedules appropriate for career and academic goals. Furthermore, Academic Advisors work and collaborate closely with a paired ASP Academic Coach to provide holistic wrap-around support for our students.

Q: What and who is an “Academic Coach” in ASP?

A: In the Academic Success Program, an Academic Coach is either a Graduate Assistant, Graduate Intern, or a Graduate Student Payroll position. These individuals (often from a helping services major, background, or graduate discipline in a social science, counseling, college student personnel) can be described as providing one-on-one assistance and support with helping a student examine academic, social, personal and transitional concerns and perceived barriers to success. Coaches provide students with semester-long academic support in areas such as time management, procrastination, test preparation, and note taking and reading strategies. An Academic Coach is NOT an ASP student’s Academic Advisor.

Q: What and who is a “Peer Leader” in ASP?

A: Current undergraduate SU students that participated in a rigorous screening and training process serve as Peer Leaders in the Academic Success Program. Peer Leaders reside in the residence hall to assist in providing supervision to all ASP participants in general and specifically to an assigned group of students in order to help facilitate successful adjustment to college. They model a behavior that results in establishing and maintaining positive, respectful, mentor relationships with assigned group and all participants in general, and participate in ALL project activities for the duration of the Summer Program and will also be coordinating and supporting academic year extra-curricular and community building programming.

Q: Which two classes are taken during the Summer Bridge Program?

A: Students will be enrolled in 6 college level credits, taking ASP 101: Introduction to Higher Education (First Year Experience course) and either General Psychology or Introduction to Sociology. Both courses count towards graduation credits (ASP 101 is an elective and PSY 101/SOC 101 is a General Education-Category E course)

Q: Assuming the student attains the required minimum 2 C's, will these credits earned be applied toward the required credits/classes for graduation?

A: Both courses count towards graduation credits (ASP 101 is an elective and PSY 101/SOC 101 is a General Education-Category E course)

Q: What is ASP 101: Introduction to Higher Education?

A: The Introduction to Higher Education is a high-impact college success, first-year seminar course designed using content and curriculum based upon research and data from The University of South Carolina’s National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and addresses transitional topics such as: study skills (note taking, reading texts, test taking, etc..); personal responsibility; emotional intelligence; self-management and awareness; wellness; financial literacy; and career/major exploration (since all incoming ASP students are Exploratory).

Q: If the student is commuting, are they required to attend all three meals each day (including Friday)?

A: If a student commutes, they are required to attend their two classes and any mandatory activity/event. Commuters are not required to purchase a meal plan; however, we recommend getting a small plan in order to purchase lunch if desired.

Q: What type of communication have incoming ASP-Summer Bridge Program students been receiving since confirming their attendance?

A: Weekly emails (to both personal and SU accounts) detailing the need to complete any/all financial aid requirements, Placement Testing (if needed), registering for Office of Disability Services (if needed), as well as two recent snail mail letters detailing summer program requirements, specifying check-in information, orientation day schedule, ASP Student & Parent Agreement. Students and their parents were also sent various short videos regarding parking, check-in, and helpful tips with their transition to SU.

Q: Are there any other activities or programs required in addition to the two courses ASP students are required to complete during the Summer Bridge program?

A: Yes. In addition to the two classes, ASP offers a comprehensive program that consists of group study, individual study skills and various other programmatic activities. Students are usually on campus from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday with an evening activity one night per week. These programmatic activities are mandatory and students MUST attend these in order to successfully complete the Summer Bridge Program. Other activities are also planned for students that are not mandatory. The ASP Director and ASP coaches inform students of the activities that are not mandatory, but participation is encouraged.

Q: Will the student have input in the fall 2017 course schedule assuming they are successful in this program?

A: The ASP Office schedules the student’s fall courses for them based upon the student’s Placement Test scores, career inventory results, and their anticipated major. The fall schedule is created in June; however, the student will have the opportunity to discuss their fall schedule with their academic advisor during the Summer Bridge Program in case any changes need to be made.

Q: How does the student plan for the fall semester regarding housing/billing?

A: Due to high success rate of our Summer Bridge Program students, housing places them in a residence hall and student accounts preps their bills for the fall semester.

Q: What type of communication have incoming ASP-Summer Bridge Program students been receiving since confirming their attendance?

A: Weekly emails (to both personal and SU accounts) detailing the need to complete any/all financial aid requirements, Placement Testing (if needed), registering for Office of Disability Services (if needed), as well as two recent snail mail letters detailing summer program requirements, specifying check-in information, orientation day schedule, ASP Student & Parent Agreement. Students and their parents were also sent various short videos regarding parking, check-in, and helpful tips with their transition to SU.

PLEASE CONTACT THE ASP OFFICE @ asp@ship.edu or 717-477-1134 with additional questions.


Additional Institutional Questions:

What address do I use to mail my student a package or letter?

Answer:

Students full name
Shippensburg University
408 Lancaster Drive
#xxxx (students mailbox number which will be assigned)
Shippensburg, PA 17257

What is the schedule for the Raider Regional Transit?

Answer: The Raider Regional Transit Schedule is located at http://www.ship.edu/rrt/

Where can I find information for the Capital Area Transit system?

Answer: The Capital Area Transit information and schedule can be found at http://www.ship.edu/RRT/Harrisburg_Transportation_Center/

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