Surbhi V. Patel, MS
Director of Student Academic Support Services
From academics to personal connections, A.L.L.I. offers incoming students a smoother transition into college.
Our uniquely designed three and one-half weeks, Academic Learners and Leaders Initiative (A.L.L.I.), bridges the gap between high school and college. For many students the transition from high school to college can be daunting, especially when it comes time to take their first college math and/or chemistry class. It’s a common struggle that many women deal with that sparked the development of Bay Path’s summer bridge program, A.L.L.I..
The program was launched in 2013 with Title III grant funding as part of the “Learners and Leaders Project.” That first year was a small pilot of five students. The program is continuing to expand, this past year attracting 19 students with majors spanning psychology, science, business, criminal justice, forensic studies, and education. First generation students make up 37% of the participating group, and 52% are diverse.
A.L.L.I. is designed to bridge the gap between high school and college through an expanded and revitalized orientation that includes academic coursework, enrichment activities, and relationship-building with faculty, staff, and other students.”
Students are encouraged to engage with mathematics with the support of an instructor, math coach, and peer tutors. The math curriculum chosen for the A.L.L.I. program is identical to the curriculum for the University’s developmental math course. Completing the A.L.L.I. course strengthens the students’ math skills and gives them the opportunity to move into the first math course required by their majors. Each A.L.L.I. student is provided with individualized, tailored academic support to increase her academic skills.
It’s not just a math program. A.L.L.I. prepares you for a great college experience.” – Prianka Naha ’18
A.L.L.I. offers incoming first-year and transfer students a smoother transition into college by immersing them in math and science subject matter. The chemistry curriculum chosen for the A.L.L.I. program prepares students for college level chemistry. Completing the A.L.L.I. course also strengthens the students’ math skills with the support of a math coach, and peer tutors. Students find confidence in their abilities as they take part in this significant learning experience.
Without A.L.L.I., I wouldn't have placed into a higher math course or refreshed my memory on chemistry. It gave me a jump-start for my next four years here at Bay Path.”