Masters Thesis

A program proposal for the creation and implementation of a student-athlete summer bridge

Student-athletes have always been subject to stereotypes that typecast them unintelligent, or lazy. This has slowly been halted by the increasing standards that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has implemented. The GPA and credit hour requirements have raised and this has forced universities to build academic support systems to help the student-athletes succeed. Student-athletes are not only responsible for their coursework and athletics; they balance community service, social activities, and tutoring/study hall hours. This transition can be intimidating and overwhelming for incoming freshman student-athletes entering into a new culture and environment. California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) is a Hispanic-serving institution and with many students who will be the first in their family to attend and graduate from a four-year university. Student-athletes follow these demographics and are in need of assistance to be successful academically, athletically, and in preparation for life after college. It is my proposal that CSUB implement a Student-athlete Summer Bridge Program that build confidence, orients them to campus, helps them earn credits toward graduation, educates them about university life and life skills and allows them the opportunity to meet their peers and build staff/faculty relationships prior to the academic school year begins. By giving student-athletes these tools, CSUB can prepare them for the trials and tribulations throughout their college experience and ultimately aid in their success.

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