As a Summer Prep Academy staff member, you have the opportunity to create the first impression of what it means to be an Islander and connect with first-year students. The students attending the Summer Prep Academy are TSI liable and are looking to improve their math and reading/writing skills in order to pass the TSI and start college on time. Studies show a positive correlation between student retention when students do not have to enroll in developmental courses.
The Summer Prep Academy staff's commitment does not end with the summer bridge but extends throughout the student's first year and beyond. During the fall and spring semester, students meet twice a month with their assigned Summer Prep Leader (peer mentor) to discuss keys to a successful transition during the first year. Students also meet monthly with the Program Manager to discuss advising needs, life skills, financial aid inquiries, and other stressors of being a college student.