Bridgit is an online software that helps organizations get their college-admitted students out of the matriculation maze and into their college classrooms. The more students there are on an organization's caseload, the more Bridgit frees up time for meaningful advising.
Students answer questions about their college choice and their progress toward matriculation focusing on steps that, uncompleted, will halt matriculation for 90 percent of students. Bridgit then sends this information back to counselors as actionable data, so they know immediately where to begin and with whom.
Features in Bridgit such as texting, in-system messaging, a resource library, communication logs and 24/7 connectivity earned it the global Outsystems Innovation Award of 2014. More importantly, Bridgit's clean, intuitive design earned it a place in the hearts of HS and college access organizations (including NCAN members!) that worked passionately to help 1,500 low-income students achieve their college dreams.
Organizations and schools often struggle to identify which students need personalized support to follow through on their college plans. Bridgit has the promise to efficiently identify challenges students face in the transition to college and allow counselors to prioritize support to students to successfully realize their college dreams.
Ben Castleman and Lindsay Page
Authors of Summer Melt: Supporting Low-Income Students Through the Transition to College
Bridgit provides students with round-the-clock access to information on their progress toward enrollment and encourages them to take the next steps. I don't know how the High School to College Center would have worked without it.
Manager St. Louis Graduates
The promise here is immense. The fact that you also see the potential to expand [Bridgit's] functionality … is especially exciting to us, as we have not yet identified a comprehensive, scalable data management solution for counselors to use to track and verify students’ college and financial aid application activities.
Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard University
Bridgit is outstanding! We worked through it and many logistical questions while training our staff and volunteers. Thank you for creating such a dynamic and practical tool.
Executive Director, Missouri College Advising Corp (MCAC)
Despite the bleak reality of national summer melt rates up to 44 percent for low income students, College Bound St. Louis has implemented systems that continuously resulted in a ~3% summer melt rate, as evidenced by RAND's evaluation. Bridgit is a beacon of hope for addressing this most vexing problem.
The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Texting reaches students where they hang out the most. It positively impacts student outcomes. In the language of behavioral scientists, texting:
Texting is immediate, relevant and speaks to students' listening.
To read more about texting and the application of behavioral science to summer melt, Click here.
Bridgit uses checklists to help students perform complex tasks consistently, correctly and on time.
As students enter their progress toward matriculation, Bridgit recognizes their remaining tasks and organizes them into a checklist with the nearest deadlines and most difficult tasks on top.
Dynamic checklists are one of Bridgit's most powerful student-centered tools.
Access professionals with numbing caseloads need fast, actionable data that gets their students out of the matriculation maze and into college classrooms.
Imagine an Excel with endless pages of students and no information about the myriad obstacles they face. Where would you begin? Now imagine that all those students' plans have been downloaded and prioritized. You know who needs attention NOW and who can be served later.
Which approach would open the most doors for your deserving students?
Next spring, you can look out for an evaluation on Bridgit by preeminent summer melt researchers and professors Ben Castleman, Lindsay Page, and Laura Owen.
They'll be writing about how Bridgit performed in high schools and college access organizations by using longitudinal data, a random control trial and qualitative information from students and counselors.
University of Virginia
San Diego State
University of Pittsburgh
Bridgit was created by College Bound to share its summer melt solution with other organizations and students.
With recognition that summer melt was a widespread and documented problem, College Bound wondered if its home-grown summer melt solution could be scaled. (A rigorous evaluation by Rand in 2013 showed that College Bound's summer melt rate was less than 3 percent versus a comparison group that showed a melt rate of 15 percent.) In the fall of 2013, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved funding for a technology tool that would increase the ability of counselors and students to keep track of summer tasks and increase matriculation. Forty counselors and 1,500 students participated in a multi-state pilot, the evaluation for which was designed by Ben Castleman and Lindsay Page, researchers, professors and authors of the book, Summer Melt. Castleman and Page recruited professor, researcher and USDE consultant Laura Owen to add in-depth qualitative analysis.
Stakeholders and access experts are enthusiastic about the promise of Bridgit 1.0 to help tens of thousands of low-income and first-generation students achieve their college goals.
College Bound is now hosting webinars to find partner-participants for a large-scale implementation of Bridgit 2.0. This beta test will prepare Bridgit for a national rollout that will increase College Bound's sustainability and empower organizations to more rigorously support young people in their postsecondary journeys. Click here to request a webinar.
Reserve your spot for our 2015 nation-wide beta