Requirements & Policies

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Bridge will be held August 22-26, 2022.

In order to matriculate and enroll in the upcoming semester at Guttman, students must fully participate in all Bridge activities, including in-person activities and asynchronous modules. Participants must also complete all final assignments and turn them in before the final Bridge deadline.

These requirements are connected to the main components of Bridge:

  • Exploring Community Mini-Course
  • L.A.B.S.S. (Learning About Being a Successful Student) Mini-Course
  • Skills and Resources Workshops

Students will explore the content for each component through in-person meetings with faculty and staff as well as asynchronous modules housed on Blackboard. These modules will contain activities, tasks, and assignments for which students are responsible on a daily basis.

Before Bridge Checklist

Attend New Student Orientation

  • Follow the instructions provided to set up Guttman email
  • Contact the IT Helpdesk at Helpdesk@guttman.cuny.edu or 646-313-8008 for further assistance

Ensure reliable computer and Internet access

  • Refer to the Resources page for guidance 
  • Using your Guttman email, contact the IT Helpdesk at Helpdesk@guttman.cuny.edu or 646-313-8008 to reserve a laptop and/or a Wi-Fi hotspot 

Complete Are You Ready? Online Student Readiness Course on Blackboard

  • Log in to CUNYfirst
  • From CUNYfirst, click on Blackboard
  • From Blackboard, click on Are You Ready? Online Student Readiness Course under My Organizations
  • Contact the IT Helpdesk at Helpdesk@guttman.cuny.edu or 646-313-8008 for technical assistance with access to Blackboard

Get the Common Read and do the tasks assigned

Upload Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination to CUNYfirst

Assignments

The following final assignments are required to fulfill the requirements of the Bridge Program.

  • SWOT Analysis: a self-assessment that identifies a student’s strengths and challenges related to their academic journey
  • Letter to the Community: a writing assignment in which students share research findings with peers, faculty, and staff

These final assignments build on shorter, daily tasks and activities throughout the Bridge program. Students who do not turn in either or both of the final assignments, or more than one of the shorter module assignments, will not be able to enroll in classes at the College.

Meetings & Events

Schedule of Required In-Person Meetings & Events

You will be notified of the time block for your in-person Bridge schedule during the month of July.

Monday, August 22
Exploring Community with Faculty

  • Discuss the Common Read with faculty and peers

LaBSS: Building Community with your Student Success Advocate

  • Learn about the Bridge Program and what to expect in your first year of college

Technology Workshop

  • Learn how to navigate important academic technology tools such as Guttman email accounts, my.guttman, Starfish, and Blackboard

Tabling Event (Optional)

  • Connect with Guttman staff (e.g., Information Technology, Financial Aid) and current students (e.g., Student Government Association) to begin building your own Guttman community

Tuesday, August 23
Studying Community with Faculty

  • Learn how to conduct your own research on a community of your choice guided by faculty

Introduction to the Guttman Library

  • Tour Guttman’s Information Commons and hear about all the available resources from Guttman Librarians.

Student Success Workshop

  • Learn about academic strategies that will lead to success in your first year of college

Tabling Event (Optional)

  • Connect with Guttman staff (e.g., Information Technology, Financial Aid) and current students (e.g., Student Government Association) to begin building your own Guttman community

Attendance Policy

Active participation in and fulfillment of all asynchronous Bridge modules and assignments through Blackboard are required in order to matriculate and enroll in courses at Guttman. This constitutes attendance during the remote delivery of Bridge, in addition to being present at synchronous workshops, meetings, and events.

To stay on track, students are expected to fully participate in and complete the tasks, activities, and assignments set out within asynchronous content modules in a timely manner. This should take approximately 3-4 hours each day. All modules and final assignments must be completed and turned in prior to the final Bridge deadline.

Attendance will be monitored by the Bridge Care Team, which is composed of the Program Coordinators and representatives of the Division of Student Engagement and the Division of Academic Affairs. In the event of an emergency or extenuating circumstance that prevents them from fulfilling all Program requirements, students must provide documentation to the Bridge Care Team. All documentation must be sent to BridgeProgram@guttman.cuny.edu​ for review and approval.

If a student is unable to fulfill all of the requirements, they will not be permitted to enroll in the semester to which they have been admitted. In such a case, a student may defer admission. If a student defers admission, they will be required to complete the Bridge Program that precedes the start of the next semester.

The Bridge attendance policy can also be found in the College Bulletin.