Collection of case studies of Higher Education equity initiatives
The Bologna Process set the goal that the diversity of students accessing, participating and completing Higher Education, should reflect the diversity of our populations. The E&T 2020 Strategy calls for an enhancement of education. However, despite decades of investment into improving the social dimension, results from the EquNet project show that inequity remains stubbornly persistent, and that inequity based on socio-economic status, parental education, gender, country-of-origin, rural background and more continue to prevalent in our Higher Education systems. While improvement has been shown, extrapolation of the gains of the last 40 years in the field show that it could take over 100 years for disadvantaged groups to catch up with their more advantaged peers, should the current rate of improvement be maintained. Meanwhile the societies changed as well based on demographic and technological changes and we are facing changing needs from the labour market and an increasing skills gap.
The IDEAS project partners have gathered to:
- Create a database of initiatives, programmes and projects for enhancing equity in access, participation and completion of Higher Education from across Europe;
- Screen the database for evidence of a causal link between the initiatives and improvements in equity for their target groups;
- Understand the environmental, social and political enabling factors which allow successful examples of practices to take root;
- Select successful examples that can be replicated and disseminated widely to promote piloting and scaling up in institutions throughout Europe.
We invite you to share with us your examples of best practice equity interventions. An equity intervention is defined as a specific programme, project or activity, which was designed to improve access to, participation in or completion of Higher Education for students from underrepresented groups, and which showed measurable effects. We are specifically looking for interventions which were implemented at micro- and meso- levels, i.e. by individual institutions, departments, NGOs or individuals.
Your contribution will be added to the project database and will be analysed to create key themes for successful initiatives. Some of the examples will be developed into full case studies examples of best practice which will be disseminated across Europe.