Date of Award

Spring 2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education


Department of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Mechel M. Albano

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Gollery

Third Advisor

Dr. Lisa A. Coscia


College retention is a topic of concern for many leaders of post-secondary institutions. This study explores the multifaceted elements of a summer bridge program aimed at bolstering college retention for minority first-generation students through a combination of mentorship, academic support, and community-building initiatives. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the relationships between the essential elements of first-generation minority college students’ participation in the summer bridge program and how these elements may affect retention rates at a local four-year institution in Southeast Florida. Using a survey instrument as the research methodology, the researcher investigated the program's impact on students' academic success, social integration, and overall retention rates. By examining the experiences and perspectives of 38 sample participants, this research provides valuable insights into the design and implementation of effective support systems that foster the persistence and success of minority first-generation college students.