“Summer Scholars made the transition to college a lot easier because I knew people, networked with staff and had support from my counselors."
- Alivia, UW-Parkside Summer Scholar
Through a national Lumina Foundation grant, Higher Expectations was able to fund a pilot program, Summer Scholars, at UW-Parkside to support twenty-one incoming college freshmen. Summer Scholars is a four-week program designed to help incoming freshman transition to university life, including more rigorous academics. The program works to increase the retention of underrepresented populations at UW-Parkside by introducing them to college culture and resources before the academic year begins.
Data from the summer 2016 cohort of students shows that the program is having an impact. Participating students earned more cumulative credits and had a higher average GPA in their first year than a statistically matched comparison group. Because of its success, UW-Parkside has committed to funding the next two years of Summer Scholars while continuing to measure impact.
Read more about our work in our 2017 Annual Report: Inspiring Action, Making an Impact