Successful bridge sites carefully follow student progress to ensure they successfully transition into a doctoral program. This includes monitoring student progress on a weekly basis during the start of the program and implementing early interventions if problems with coursework or research come up.
- Get weekly updates from professors on student performance, especially during the first 4-6 weeks of the semester. This is especially helpful since student reports of their own achievements in coursework might not match those of instructors.
- Bear in mind that even faculty instructors might not realize that students are struggling when they are asked for updates.
- Intervene early when a problem is identified. This might include setting the student up with a tutor, having them drop or change the level of a course, and/or referring them to the campus learning center for additional resources.
- Maintain frequent communication between Bridge faculty, course instructors, and all other mentors involved.
- Have tutors in place for additional course support, up to several meetings per week if needed.