After a number of years teaching English and French in upper secondary school in Ålesund and Drammen, Norway, most of Gro Beate Vige’s professional career has been spent at the Ministry of Education and Research. From 1994 -1996 she served as a National Expert at the European Commission on the Human Resources Task Force/DG XXII (currently the DG EAC), working on the Erasmus programme. Since then she has been involved in EU cooperation, for many years as a member of the Socrates and then the Lifelong Learning programme committees, and at present as a member of the EQF Advisory Group and Working Group on the modernisation of higher education. In 2016 she contributed to the drafting of two white papers, one on vocational college education and the other on quality in higher education, in both of which the transition between levels of education are discussed.
Transition between upper secondary and higher education – student success according to background, and policies to improve success rates
In her presentation, Vige will first look at the profile of students entering higher education – their background from upper secondary education and training, their age and social background – and how well they succeed in higher education. She will then present some recent studies on how well prepared upper secondary school leavers in fact are for success in higher education. In addition to a good basis and good preparation from the upper secondary level, success in higher education studies depends on reception, induction and follow-up at that level. The current government has launched a series of policy measures to improve the quality of provision at all levels of education and training and to facilitate better-informed choices. In 2016 and 2017, white papers have been submitted on both the renewal of primary and secondary education and on quality culture in higher education. To conclude, Vige will outline some of these policies for improved results and a smoother transition between levels of education and training.