Summer Bridge Academy
The Center for Academic Excellence offers the Summer Bridge Academy (SBA) to aid high school graduates in achieving academic success in college. We believe that all students should master basic academic skills to achieve their educational goals. Some students need to develop these skills before enrolling in college. As a condition of admission to Salem State University, some students are required to participate in the SBA. SBA is designed to give students the tools and resources they need to be successful at Salem State University.
Those selected for the SBA will participate in a six-week summer program. Students will be enrolled in a combination of college level credits along with non-credited courses, which are designed to supplement and improve their academic skills. Additionally, students who enter the university through SBA participate in various activities that help to insure their success outside of the classroom. Through weekly individual appointments, group meetings and a variety of workshops held throughout the summer and academic year, our SBA staff endeavors to develop the whole student. Each student is assigned a designated student development coordinator who meets with them on a regular basis. These meetings allow our coordinators to monitor the academic progress of each student and to address any problems that may arise. The student development coordinators also conduct various workshops; some of which include: classroom etiquette, information literacy (using library resources to enhance student learning), getting involved on campus, and selecting majors and minors. Further, the student development team works closely with other offices on campus including, but not limited to counseling and health services, career services, financial aid, and academic advising.
The student development coordinators seek to:
- develop an awareness of educational and career goals of each student
- serve as a role model through year-long mentoring
- provide assistance in helping students obtain financial aid
- provide academic and career advising
- help students develop self-confidence, self-determination and self-esteem