Prevdrop

Programme
Erasmus+ | Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices 2014-2015
Year
2014
Coordinator
Hochschule der Bundesagentur für Arbeit (DE)
Partner countries
Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany
Project website
www.prevdrop.eu
Detecting and Preventing Dropout from Higher Education or Supporting Students to Switch Successfully to VET

Summary

The project aims to equip student counsellors at Universities, careers counsellors at employment agencies as well as students themselves with tools, knowledge and resources that help to detect dropout risks and to provide or find adequate support.

Success in higher education is vital for jobs, social justice and economic growth and therefore highly qualified professionals are indispensable for each society. As one of its headline targets, the European Union proposes to lead at least 40% of the younger generation to a third level education. Additionally, it claims to reduce the number of dropouts in higher education. Despite various efforts in recent years the reality in most European countries is a different one. Still too many students in the EU drop out before they complete their higher education degree.

Dropping out can be a positive decision when students realise that the time, place or degree is not right for them. However, even though most of those who drop out from an initial course of study want to transfer to another course or to return to study at a later date, currently most countries do not help them sufficiently with flexible arrangements. Students, who leave university without a degree, are usually well-trained persons. However, their potential for the labour market is still underestimated and not used adequately.

In order to tackle the problem of early dropout in higher education throughout the European Union, experts amongst others proposed the development of an "early warning systems" in order to identify persons at risk. It is also proposed to offer counselling and personal support to students at risk as early as possible in order to be able to offer them adequate assistance.

In the process counselling students who face dropout risks two groups play a crucial role: student counsellors at Universities and career counsellors at employment agencies or centres. Both groups, however, have differing interests. While students’ counsellors are primarily interested in students’ academic achievments, for career counsellors at employment agencies VET and the labour market is in the foreground of their work. When it comes to dropout risks both groups should cooperate closely. Nevertheless, as experiences suggest in most countries this is hardly the case. If at all, cooperation mainly takes place at an informal level.


Target groups
student counsellors at universities, careers counsellors at employment agencies as well as students. The project targets two groups of students that face dropout risks:

  • students for whom a successful continuation of their studies appears to be probable;
  • students for whom a successful continuation of their studies is highly improbable.


Objectives

  • The project aims to equip students as well as student advisers at universities and careers advisers at employment agencies with tools, knowledge and resources that help to detect dropout risks and to provide or find adequate support.
  • The Student Self-Reflection Tool will help students themselves and student advisers to detect dropout risk. In addition, information for students and advisers will be provided on where to find appropriate support and assistance. 


Outcomes

  • An "early warning system" in form of a self-assessment tool that will help students themselves as well as student counsellors from Universities and career counsellors from employment agencies to detect dropout risk.

  • Face-to-face training for student advisers as well as consultants in which participants will be provided with knowledge e.g.:
    • on student dropout;
    • the handling of the PrevDrop Student Self-Reflection Tool;
    • strategies to prevent dropout from higher education;
    • ways to support students to switch successfully to VET.
  • An online portal that consists of a training platform for advisers and a comprehensive self-directed online course for student advisers and careers advisers. This course ensures wide and easy access to materials and resources provided for the project’s target groups.
  • An online portal that consists of an online platform for multipliers, a students section that provides information on where to find appropriate support and assistance and a comprehensive self-directed online course for students counsellors and career counsellors.


Benefits
Universities can improve their image by holistic counselling and advice. For companies there is a greater availability of people who enter to the job market. They will profit from the networking with Universities and employment agencies by getting the opportunity to recruit staff earlier.




 

Categorie
studenten, onderwijsbegeleiders, loopbaanbegeleiders, MKB

 
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