The disjunctures between K-12 and higher education are complex; the divisions within large organizations are often equally as challenging to navigate. The institutional barriers can seem insurmountable without the guidance of specialists who know how to bridge the gaps. College Bridge was built on a research base of best practices of intersegmental partnerships for increasing college access and success for underrepresented students. Based on our knowledge base and ongoing action research, we offer the following services:
- Project coordination within and across institutions.
- MOU and contract development.
- Program development, implementation and evaluation.
- Partnership development, implementation and evaluation.
College Bridge can serve as your community non-profit organization and full partner in implementation or simply provide external support services. Please read below for a few examples of our full partnership projects.
Academic Preparation Partnerships
College Bridge partners with high schools and universities to provide dual-enrollment college math and English courses that are co-taught on high school campuses.
In late 2012, the leaders of College Bridge, Los Angeles Unified School District’s Educational Service Center East (LAUSD ESC East), the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools (PLAS), California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), and Santee Education Complex began a discussion about college math remediation rates and explored innovative solutions.
This collaborative partnership launched the South Los Angeles Math (SLAM) Project in 2013 at Santee Education Complex in downtown Los Angeles. LAUSD’s Wilson High School joined this partnership in 2014 and Eagle Rock joined in 2015.
The SLAM Project brought the math remediation rate down to 15% and college access up to 93% for underrepresented students. You may read more about the project here.
College Bridge provides the professional development and leads the research team to learn best practices for scale up. The research for the SLAM Project was made possible through a 3-year grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
College Knowledge Partnerships
Given that the average high school counselor to student ratio in California’s public schools is 1,061:1, College Bridge brings much needed college counseling services to under-represented students and their families through community-based College Counseling Partnerships.
Ketchum YMCA is centrally located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and easily accessible via public transportation for students throughout Los Angeles County. Interested in increasing college access and success for under-represented students, the Ketchum YMCA and College Bridge developed the YCB program – a full services college planning program for students and their families. The program includes everything from college planning overview sessions to individualized support in writing college personal statements. Wrap around services such as free help with income tax returns are included so families are prepared to submit financial aid applications, which is another included service. College Bridge and Ketchum YMCA are researching best practices to scale the project to additional YMCA locations throughout Los Angeles.