To improve the transition from high school to CEGEP, from CEGEP to university, or to achieve better success in returning to education, the Université du Québec launched a new initiative on September 19. Successful transition to higher education: a cross-order challenge With the participation of several collaborators, including the Fédération des cégeps and cross-order partners in the six regions of Quebec.
Despite significant gains in the democratization of college and university education in Quebec over the past 50 years, certain groups of the population, such as those from low-capital backgrounds, remain disadvantaged in pursuing and succeeding in higher education. families; those from low-income or single-parent families; those living in remote rural areas or of Aboriginal descent. There are also people who have barely survived previous transitions or who are returning to education after a few years off.
This new initiative, coordinated by the Université du Québec to contribute to the Quebec Government’s Action Plan for Success in Higher Education, will enable the development of a support model for the transition to higher education between secondary, college and university. All actions of this initiative will be overseen by a scientific committee of more than twenty university and college researchers who will collaborate in the design of the transition support model, making it a unique project in Quebec. This committee will collaborate with a community of practice that brings together professional resources employed to support the initiatives of the regional ordering groups. Various actors and services of secondary, college and university education will be involved in the implementation of this model.
Thus, the results of the developed model will allow to improve intervention and cooperation practices within the education and higher education sectors in terms of supporting the transition to higher education. Thanks to its implementation, students will have access to quality support that will allow them to prepare and experience the transition to higher education in conditions conducive to the success of their educational plans.
The target audience that will use the model includes managers and teaching staff, professional and support staff in secondary schools, colleges and universities and, where appropriate, employees working in public organizations in the energy sector. This project will also allow to better illuminate the characteristics of each of the regional groups involved in the construction of the Model by reflecting the realities of each of them. Ultimately, the results of this project will benefit all people who aspire to a higher education project, regardless of where they come from or where they want to go, as well as their families.
“Working to make university education more accessible for more than 50 years, Université du Québec believes that the quality of transitions throughout an academic career has an undeniable impact on student success. Once again, I would like to thank the many organizations directly involved in this project, including the Ministry of Higher Education, seven university institutions in the Université du Québec network, twenty-three CEGEPs, seven school service centers, three higher education institutions. , the two Carrefours Jeunesse-Emploi and all the other organizations dedicated to this mission,” commented Ms. Johanne Jean, President of the Université du Québec.
“I am pleased that at the end of this project we will have a possible solution, a support model for transitions between primary, secondary, college and university. The goal is to prepare more young people for higher education. To achieve this, the cooperation of all stakeholders is essential,” added Mr. Bernard Tremblay, President and CEO of the Fédération des cégeps.
“Success in higher education has been a concern of mine for years. Paying more attention to transitions between different orders is essential to ensure this success,” said Mr. Pierre Doray, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).