Engage. Develop. Grow. Empower. (EDGE)/plEDGE Program

Academic Level
Issue Area
Support Services
Key Personnel
Program Focus
First Year Support,
Summer Bridge


The mission of the EDGE (Engage, Develop, Grow, Empower) program is to remove barriers, increase student success, and mitigate achievement gaps in access, persistence, and completion. The goals of the program are to (1) increase access, success, persistence, and completion, (2) prepare students for college-level coursework, and (3) promote equity for minority, low-income, and first-generation students.

Program Description

EDGE provides students with a structured onboarding process, a summer bridge component to prepare for college and college-level coursework, comprehensive wrap-around support services, and financial support (plEDGE) for students’ first two-years of college. The program provides opportunities for students to connect with faculty, staff and other students before they start their academic journey. During the program, students participate in a rigorous review of subject-specific content in math and English, attend counseling sessions, learn about campus resources, attend special program presentations, and build lasting connections. The program also provides extensive outreach services in English and Spanish to our local high schools and the community at large to increase access and educational attainment within their service area.


  • EDGE students persist from fall to spring at higher rates than non-EDGE students. In 2017, EDGE participant persistence rates were 88% compared to 66% of non-EDGE participants.
  • EDGE/plEDGE students complete more units in their first semester (9.5) compared to their non-EDGE/plEDGE counterparts (7 units). Additionally, EDGE/pLEDGE students complete more units in their first year (17.2 units) compared to their non-EDGE/plEDGE counterparts (12 units).
  • plEDGE students also have a higher 3-year completion rate (14%) compared to their non-plEDGE counterparts (9%).