Premier Campus goes further that any other equal opportunity programme in France. Since the summer of 2017, it has helped an annual cohort of 50 students in their last three years of high school to prepare for higher education.
We have a responsibility as a higher education institution to share our experience and expertise in the aim of supporting secondary students’ plans to succeed in higher education, and to counter the well-known mechanisms of inequality.
Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po
Preparing high school students for higher education
Premier Campus is designed to help scholarship high school students prepare effectively for the transition to higher education. It aims to familiarise them with new methods of study and structuring thought (analysis, summary, research, academic writing, etc.), and to provide them with cross-disciplinary educational content. The idea is to help them strengthen their academic knowledge and skills, activate their interest, and give them the confidence to opt for the more selective and/or academically demanding subjects.
Raising students’ aspirations and self-confidence
The programme builds students’ cross-cutting and soft skills:
Self-esteem: linked to “being” and identity.
Assertiveness: linked to “doing” and action, to achievements.
Self-confidence: linked to “having” and results, to benefits.
Expanding to other higher education institutions
The Premier Campus programme, supported with research and evaluation from its partner LIEPP, aims to:
be a laboratory for new teaching and learning approaches and material (connecting secondary and higher education);
create a mixed-level educational community;
be shared with other education providers (development of a “Premier Campus” kit);
use scientific assessment to serve pedagogical innovation (action research);
organise a full follow-up of the cohort over the three years of undergraduate study.
At the end of the trial period, a kit will be made available to regional education authorities, higher education institutions and open source teaching teams so that the scheme can be scaled up.
Funding requirement €400.000 per year
A gift of €2,000 (before tax deduction) funds a year’s support for one high school student with Premier Campus.
We would like to thank the individual donors who support this programme, as well as our corporate sponsors and partners :