CCBC was BridgeEdU’s first institutional partner and remains as our most steadfast, flexible and innovative collaborator. Although it is situated in Baltimore County, CCBC serves a large number of Baltimore City first time, full-time college students. It is the largest community college in the state of Maryland serving over 30,000 credit students in the 2016-2017 academic year.
CCBC seeks to serve their Baltimore City students well, however the students face challenges that are substantially different from those of other students. For example, Pell grant eligibility and academic remediation needs vary widely.
CCBC reported 55% fall-to-fall retention for developmental students who attended college in Fall 2015. CCBC would like to increase their fall-to-fall retention of these students and provide opportunities for their students to transfer to a four-year institution but many students struggle with completing their developmental requirements.
BridgeEdU worked with CCBC to create an innovative and flexible academic program; particularly with the English and Mathematics curricula. Together, we have maximized the application of CCBC’s accelerated developmental course offerings providing students with the opportunity to complete all developmental course work in one semester. Targeted academic support and personalized tutoring enhance each scholar’s pursuit of academic success. A scholar who takes full advantage of program resources can complete all developmental coursework, along with the gateway English and Math courses, rounded out by an additional complement of college- level course work, earning a minimum of 12 college credits in a year.
An additional benefit for BridgeEdU’s CCBC students is the opportunity to transfer directly into Coppin State University by virtue of the CSU-CCBC-BridgeEdU partnership. Students who demonstrate academic momentum by succeeding in developmental courses, earning a 2.0 GPA, and beginning college level coursework (at least 15 credit hours) are admitted to Coppin State University for the subsequent school year.
Thirty-two percent (32%) of BridgeEdU’s 2016-2017 CCBC students matriculated to Coppin State University in August 2017, their second college year. Although most are still classified as freshmen, they have accomplished a transition that would have taken four or more semesters without BridgeEdU support. Another 16% of the same cohort have transferred to other institutions (2 and 4 year) and 19% are continuing at CCBC for the second year. CCBC students who were part of the BridgeEdU program showed a 67% fall-to-fall retention, which is 12% greater than CCBC’s retention rate.
In addition, Coppin’s first-year student pipeline increased by 20 percent due to the influx of Coppin/Bridge Scholars who were in good academic standing and ready for college-level courses. Additionally, these students had an extra incentive to continue attending an institution now familiar to them because they were acclimated to Coppin’s campus, classrooms, and culture. Ultimately, this partnership allows Coppin the chance to identify, empower, and recruit a new source of qualified and motivated students who are far more likely to be retained because BridgeEdU transformed their on-ramp to a four-year college.