Encouraging equitable access to Higher Education in Bogota, Colombia: a case study of an innovative dual-enrolment project

Bermeo, G.B and Sorensen, N (2019) 'Encouraging equitable access to Higher Education in Bogota, Colombia: a case study of an innovative dual-enrolment project.' In: Huber, T and O’Meara, J.G, eds. Teacher education at the edge: expanding access and exploring frontiers. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC. (Forthcoming)

Abstract

A key aspect of realizing the global vision outlined in Education 2030 is the encouragement of equal access to affordable and quality education and subsequently to allow greater numbers to progress into higher education. Many Latin American countries experience an unequal distribution of opportunities to access higher education and this is particularly evident in Colombia where 90% of families exist on low or medium incomes. Dual-enrollment strategies, based on interventions when pupils are still in secondary school, encourage young people from low-income families to apply to university and support them when they are there. This chapter offers a study of an innovative dual-enrollment project in Bogotá-Colombia. A case study methodology was used to articulate the effectiveness of this intervention and the impact that it had on students and the wider community. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with a range of stakeholders: students involved in the dual enrollment scheme, graduates, parents, a teacher and the director of the project (n=10). The research found that the students responded positively to having a closer engagement with universities and that this project had a wider impact on the wider community of families and schools. The implications of these findings are related to current debates on widening participation and suggest that notice is given to the broader impact of these interventions. Such projects offer a practical realization of the aspirations of Education 2030 by ensuring that more men and women, regardless of their social status, have the opportunity to progress on to higher education.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: dual-enrollment, equal access, higher education, student-centered learning, widening participation
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2019 11:54
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2019 11:58
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