College Bridge researches, develops, implements, and evaluates programs to increase college access and success for underrepresented students.

Projects

uniAcademic Preparation

College Bridge works collaboratively with our K-12 and college partners to create innovative academic programs designed to ensure that underrepresented students graduate from high school college-ready. Our flagship program with the CSU, SLAM continues to offer math dual-enrollment courses to students during the regular day co-taught by CSU professors and high school teachers at no cost to families. Our latest venture called, The Math Pipeline Readiness Project (M-PReP), builds on the successes of SLAM and adds a parallel solution with California Community Colleges as well as it expands the professional development to the high schools entire math departments. Ultimately, our goal is to increase high school SBAC math scores giving all pupils a variety of ways to demonstrate college math proficiency before they enter college.

High Schools

Students

capCollege Knowledge

Given that the average high school counselor to student ratio in California’s public schools is 1,061:1, we strive to bring much needed college counseling services to underrepresented students and their families. Since the need is so great, we partner with outreach programs at higher education institutions as well as other community-based organizations in order to amplify our collective impacts. In addition, we provide high impact professional development to high school counselors and college advisors to ensure we have a cohesive handoff strategy for our students to follow as they enroll in college. The College Transition Plan (CTP) curriculum will be used with all of their students so they enroll in college with a cogent strategy on how to graduate in the shortest amount of time.

Sites

Students

Impact

Demonstrated College Readiness in Math
College Access for Underrepresented Students
  College Persistence
Year 1 to Year 2
  College Persistence
Year 2 to Year 3

Testimonials

  • The program you have developed is instrumental in curbing the high remediation rates, in both mathematics and English, that hinder our students’ ability to persist through college graduation.
    – Dr. William Covino, President of Cal State LA

  • The SLAM Project, and the upcoming South Los Angeles English Bridge Project, are great examples of what can be accomplished through nonprofit partnerships.
    – Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles

  • As State Superintendent of Public Instruction, I am working to make college more affordable and accessible for California students. By helping 76 percent of your students earn college credit for free while still in high school, the Los Angeles Bridge Program has been critical to expediting students’ path to earning a degree and lowering their post-secondary expenses.

    – Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction