Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Education (Ed.D.)


Administrative and Instructional Leadership

First Advisor

Ceceilia Parnther

Second Advisor

Joan Berringer-Haig

Third Advisor

Katherine C. Aquino


High school students from low-income backgrounds experience academic under-preparedness, financial distress, and socialization challenges when entering college. For these students, challenges may begin in the K-12 setting, where this population is more likely to face limitations in college counseling, lack highly qualified teachers, and have limited access to college programs. First generation college students are less likely to pursue and persist in higher education than their peers with different backgrounds (OECD, 2012). Because of this, low-income students may seek out or be invited to join supplemental programs, including summer bridge and afterschool programs, to help them become college ready. The research explores the main component of transitional academic support within a specific program. The study also describes how various stakeholders in precollege programming promote student persistence to and through college. This qualitative study utilizes a single case study approach using semi-structured interviews and an analysis of the program website. The resultant data illustrates the student supports, delivery methods, and culturally relevant pedagogy used within the program. As seen in the findings of this study, relationships and team collaboration is important to maintain academic preparedness and cultural relevant instruction. This study adds to the growing body of literature on associations between after school college preparation programs and collegiate success, specifically from the perspectives of designers and implementers of after school programs (Tichavakunda, 2019).