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