ACCES : Accompagnement vers l’enseignement supérieur

Accompaniment towards higher educationACCES

ACCompagner vers l’Enseignement Supérieur (ACCES) is a multi-partner, ten-year project and winner of the third investment programme for the future (PIA3). Its ambition is expressed through a series of original actions carried out with and as close as possible to its target audiences.


A project building on the strengths of the partnership

ACCES is a project co-sponsored by the Universities of Bordeaux (UB), Bordeaux Montaigne (UBM), Pau and the Pays de l'Adour (UPPA), the Bordeaux Academy and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of New Aquitaine. It is supported for 10 years by the State, through the Caisse des dépôts et consignations. The University of Bordeaux is in charge of the general coordination.

Placing high school students at its heart in a context of individualised guidance and personalised study paths along the bac-3/bac+3 continuum, it is linked to the development of new university courses (NewDeal for the University of Bordeaux) and success mechanisms (ORE).


A project with strong social and territorial justice issues

While the success rates for the baccalaureate are higher than the national average in the Bordeaux academy, the rate of continuation of new baccalaureate holders into higher education is lower, whatever the type of baccalaureate.

The social and geographical origins of high school students have an impact on their choice of direction and can also be a barrier to further study. The objective of the ACCES project is to reduce these inequalities in order to enable everyone to achieve their ambitions and build a chosen and well-considered career path.


Experimenting as closely as possible with the target groups and then spreading out

The ACCES project consists of experimenting, first of all, in 46 high schools that have unfavourable indicators for the pursuit of studies, with a series of actions that aim to:

  • strengthen the coordination and inter-knowledge of the stakeholders in guidance.
  • helping secondary school pupils and their families to understand the continuum between training - skills - careers.
  • Create and improve bridges between the worlds of secondary and higher education to facilitate guidance choices and transition.
  • Use digital technology to support guidance by supplementing the existing information and support offer with innovative tools that meet the needs of secondary school students.
  • to improve the production and sharing of knowledge about the post-bac trajectories of high school students.

The primary target of the project is high school students (all streams in public or private high schools under contract) and their families. Nevertheless, the variety of actions deployed also makes education and guidance professionals, both in secondary and higher education, the recipients of the experiments.
Finally, in order to meet these ambitions, these actions rely on the creation of a permanent and diversified network of local partners (high schools, companies, local authorities, associations, public employment service operators, etc.).


The actions tested

The actions that will be tested within the framework of the ACCES project have a protean and original character. They involve both physical and digital devices and may correspond to (non-exhaustive list):

  • digital tools,
  • participative and/or creative workshops,
  • studies and research,
  • support modules for young people and professionals in the field of education and guidance.


The system of governance and organisation in project mode

On a macro level, the support and success of the ACCES project are based on an organised governance system consisting of steering committees, advisory committees and committees working closely with the field.
At the level of the actions, each of them is led by a designated carrier institution. Its experimentation and deployment are based on co-construction and collaboration. The operational team exclusively dedicated to the project and the multi-site and multi-professional work teams mobilised are the guarantors.