Coppin State University is a four-year historically black university with a graduation rate below the national average. Although the school incorporated retention initiatives, it recognized that some freshmen class members would benefit from more intensive interventions.
BridgeEdU partnered with Coppin State University to build programs that would ensure students persisted through their sophomore year and were adequately prepared to continue their studies through graduation.
Coppin State University identifies the appropriate student population and enrolls them in a two-year retention program called Coppin Bridge. The BridgeEdU Scholars On-Campus program includes the following:
Success coaches meet bi-monthly with each scholar to forge strong, personal relationships and keep students actively engaged in their studies by challenging them to be their best selves. Weekly connections occur via the B-Connect Platform, which blends high-touch intrusive counseling and technology.
Coppin State University scholars join together for cohort meetings throughout the semester to build community with one another. The cohort meetings offer experiential learning programs, additional career coaching, résumé building, leadership training, and personal growth strategies.
To ease financial concerns about paying for school, BridgeEdU’s coaches use their proprietary Financial Aid Coaching Tool (FACT) to help students proactively manage their college investment and maximize their aid opportunities through a variety of state and federal grants. Further, success coaches help students build social skills through real-world experiences and networking opportunities.
In 2017-2018, the BridgeEdU cohort had a first-year persistence and retention rate of 86 percent, compared to Coppin’s first-year retention rate of 66 percent. At least 88 percent of the group completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early, and 94 percent would recommend BridgeEdU to a friend.
“BridgeEdU does the hard work to dig in and understand our students. We are very proud of the work BridgeEdU has contributed and look forward to the continued partnership.”
– Maria Thompson, Coppin State University president
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