KinderuniWien intruduces children between the age of 7 to 12 to the university system in specific and the educational system in general. By interacting with real scientists and researchers who are active on a rigorous academic level, the children get an idea of learning, teaching and research at university levels and the relevance of a university for their own daily life
Mentors of Rotterdam (Mentoren op Zuid)
Mentors of Rotterdam is set to improve the educational outcome and future of children from areas with lower income/disadvantages through one-on-one mentoring, by matching every primary/high school student with a student mentor.
RadioActive is an innovative education project that has developed and implemented a radical technology-enabled pedagogy to promote the inclusion, engagement and informal learning of excluded people, or those at-risk of exclusion, across Europe.
School Within A College (SWAC) at George Brown College Toronto
The programme is promoted as an opportunity for experiential learning about post-secondary education and work via spending a semester on campus. It offers secondary school students the opportunity to earn secondary school credits and a dual college credit.
The continued goal for students is to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and ultimately a successful transition to college. The focus is on motivating secondary students who are facing challenges in graduating or have left-high school before graduating.
The SWAC programme is intended to provide a model for the delivery of secondary credit courses by secondary school teachers and college dual credit courses taught by college professors within a collaborative learning community on a college campus.
Upward Bound US – University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston, UMB)
The objectives of UMass Boston programme are: Improved academic performance measured by Grade Point Average (GPA) and standardised test scores; Secondary school retention, completion of rigorous programme of study and graduation; Post-secondary education enrolment and completion.
The intervention aims to serve annually 126 low-income, first generation high school students who are at high risk for academic failure. Initially, the programme targeted three of the poorest neighbourhoods in Boston as well as students attending high poverty high schools, the focus at the current funding has shifted to individual schools rather than whole neighbourhoods. The numbers of students annually has been increased post 2012 from 105 to 126.
Upward Bound Project UK (London Metropolitan University & Islington Council)
Upward Bound in the UK is an education programme aimed at raising attainment, building confidence, resilience and raising aspirations for young people attending Islington secondary schools who are considered borderline pupils predicted C/D in their GCSEs, from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education, with no family history of university attendance or from lower socio/economic groups
As well as helping students to get at least 5 GCSE grades A-C including English and maths, the ultimate objective is to mobilize a team of specialist teachers, group leaders, student ambassadors and peer mentors work collectively to deliver an exciting alternative education programme that re-engages learners, builds confidence and motivates students to achieve and increase their chances to continue into higher education regardless of disadvantages.
The Brilliant Club
The Brilliant Club is a non-profit organisation focussing that exists to widen access to top universities for outstanding pupils from non-selective state schools. The primary activity is to recruit, train and place doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in non-selective schools and colleges to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of outstanding pupils with the aim to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition of these pupils and secure places at top universities.
University of Brighton Compact Plus Programme
The Compact Plus Program aims to encourage learners from underrepresented and non-traditional groups to progress to higher education. To this end the University employs a tight targeting mechanism to ensure that learners who need the most support receive it. The Plus Programme is a relationship with the individual student and their parents or carers, and provides a number of intensive support opportunities designed to raise aspirations and attainment.
Academic Advancement Program (AAP) at UCLA
The Academic Advancement Program (AAP) implemented at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has been evolving for over 40 years. The program improves the academic achievement of historically underrepresented groups which originally targeted particularly African Americans and Latinos but now extends to students from disadvantaged backgrounds of all races. APP is holistic and targets students and staff and covers the curriculum and policy, community engagement, parents, and professional development. In particular it works with 21 community colleges in areas with large underrepresented student groups to improve students preparedness for admission to the university.