A Case Study of the University of California, Santa Barbara's Freshman Summer Start Program: Its Genesis, Growth, and Development

Loy Lytle, Ralph Gallucci


This paper reviews the important events and conditions shaping the genesis, growth, and development of a highly successful summer bridge program (an academic program offered to students before their first year of college) in continuous operation since 2002. The University of California, Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP), a financially self-supporting program, was designed to help incoming, first-time students make smooth transitions to UCSB. It provides a core set of academic experiences, including credit-bearing courses, and other academic, social, recreational, and personal enrichment experiences designed to engage students in the life of the mind as they achieve their academic objectives in a timely fashion. The growth and development of some of FSSP’s more salient sub-programmatic elements are described.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5203/sa.v9i0.542