Spartans Preparing for Academic Rigor in College (S.P.A.R.C.) Summer Bridge Program
The Norfolk State University (NSU) S.P.A.R.C. Summer Bridge Program is a four-week, non-residential program that allows select first-time freshmen students to experience the NSU environment prior to entering the fall term. The Student Success Center is responsible for administering the program. On campus accommodations for students are available upon request and at the individuals' expense. The S.P.A.R.C. Summer Bridge Program provides tuition and textbooks to the selected participants. The program will run from July 1, 2013 - July 26, 2013.
The students invited to participate in the S.P.A.R.C. Summer Bridge Program have been admitted to the University for the upcoming fall semester, and would benefit from academic strengthening in the areas of English, Math, or Computer Literacy. Success in learning the content of these courses is a prerequisite for success in core courses at the University level.
The S.P.A.R.C. students will bridge the gap between high school and college through academic coursework and the opportunity to build relationships and network with students, faculty and staff. All students will take two of the four courses available from the following list of courses:
- Introduction to Communications
- ENG 101- Communication Skills
- MTH 101- Elementary Algebra
- CSC 150- Computer Literacy
Participants may earn academic credit toward graduation. In addition, all program participants are required to attend academic skills seminars and study sessions. The S.P.A.R.C. program advisers will monitor the academic progress of summer bridge students until university and department requirements are satisfied for graduation.
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The following Academic Skills Seminars will be presented to the S.P.A.R.C. students:
- Developing Good Study Habits
- Rules & Regulations
- Note Taking Techniques
- Test Taking Techniques
- Time Management
- Stress Management
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Mission of the Program
The S.P.A.R.C. Summer Bridge Program is a multi-faceted comprehensive program designed to facilitate and improve student success, retention and graduation rates of possible at-risk students who have been admitted to the University for the upcoming fall semester. Emphasis is on intrusive academic advising, which involves selecting specific courses, strengthening basic skills, reinforcing classroom instruction, and enhancing overall student academic, personal, social and career development.
- Smoothly transition from high school to college.
- Develop relationships with other students, faculty, and staff at NSU.
- Students will develop critical thinking skills through self-exploration and their class experiences.
- Develop a greater intellectual independence and self-awareness as a student scholar.
- Students will be able to gain leadership skills and success during their classroom activities, discussions, assignments, and cultural experiences.
- Students will become familiar with Norfolk State University and its resources.
- Develop a realistic understanding of the university-level course expectations.
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To provide information and strategies for first year students transitioning into the university. Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to identify and utilize campus resources and services.
- Build a sense of belongingness, community, and peer relationships.
- Demonstrate proficiency in time management and goal setting.
- Gain an awareness of financial literacy.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of Blackboard, NSU email and NSU Portal.
- Gain an understanding of cultural diversity.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills through self-exploration and classroom experiences.
- Gain an awareness of academic requirements for pursuing a major field of study and specific career opportunities.