Study Finds That Summer Bridge Programs Help Black Males Achieve Higher Grades Once They Enter College

A new study by Terrell L. Strayhorn, an assistant professor of higher education and sociology at the University of Tennessee, provides evidence that summer bridge programs for black men entering college are a valuable method to increase the prospects for success in higher education.

Dr. Strayhorn’s data showed that black men who were involved in summer bridge programs before they entered college significantly improved their college grade point average compared to black men who did not attend such preparation programs.

Professor Strayhorn is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He holds a master’s degree from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and an educational doctorate from Virginia Tech.