• Our objectives are the same as many other bridge programs but the process we use is very different
  • We use some of the same measurements except our baseline GPA target is 3.0
  • Our traction time is different; students are expected to be on track by the end of the first year
  • ACE participants are usually able to critically think through a problem and weigh the consequences of their choices by the end of their first year.

ACE Differentiator Chart – what makes ACE different?

ACE Onboarding Program Similar Bridge Programs
Self-Directed Directed
Independent Co-Dependent or Dependent
Empowering Enable
Coaches use the inquiry method; students learn how to problem solve by having the problem reflected back to them Coaches direct; they provide solutions or answer to problems. They help students solve the problem
Student are self-directed learners; they “own” their development Coaches or Professors “own” it; they teach the students and share in their development
Students are enrolled in colleges across the country Students are usually all enrolled at the same college
Students go through Onboarding 4-12 weeks before starting College, or during winter break Bridge programs can be separate or in conjunction with a freshman First Year experience class
Goal: Complete freshman year with a GPA of 3.0 or higher Successfully complete freshman year; sometimes GPA is not stated or if stated, is less than 3.0
Coaching calls are initiated by ACE coaches and the agenda is driven by the students.Coaching support is available for all 4 years as needed. Coaching calls are initiated by coaches and the agenda is usually driven by the coaches.

Students go through Onboarding 4 – 12 weeks before they start college to experience how the first semester will feel. Students experience the stress in a simulated lab environment with support from ACE coaches, and they learn coping strategies for dealing with them. When they go off to college, and they experience the stress so common to first-year students, it’s no longer unfamiliar to them because they’ve already experienced it; they know what to do, and they have their ACE coach for support should they get stuck.

Our goal is to minimize the element of surprise. We can’t eliminate it because students will experience it, but we help them develop the “hustle muscle” before starting college so they will have the stamina and courage to push through difficulties instead of giving up so easily. ACE Coaches do not tell students what to do. Our students attend colleges all across the country so we can’t hold their hands, but the process to think through problem solving is universal which is what we give them. The ACE Coaches are the inquirers, and the students come up with the solutions.

We see concrete evidence of our work by the second semester of the Freshman Year of college.Throughout year one, students participate in bi-weekly individual coaching calls. At the end of the second semester, the students reconvene and the upper classmen provide encouragement, lessons learned, and tips to the freshmen and each other.