Programa Apoiar

The Permanent Observatory of Early School Leaving and Promotion of School Success arises from the concern of the UTAD to understand and monitor its students’ educational careers. Dropout rates in Higher Education, in particular, justify the existence of this Observatory, to make it possible to monitor this phenomenon while promoting strategies to increase educational success.

The strategy of the Permanent Observatory of Early School Leaving and Promotion of School Success seeks to carry out more than just research and monitoring activities, but also intends to be a mechanism with a strong intervention component in cases of university dropout. The Observatory is responsible for the development of identification and intervention tools that are effectively and promptly activated when students are likely to drop out of university, especially when early leaving is due to economic reasons.

Alongside this close monitoring work of students, the Observatory is also the place for the production of knowledge regarding the phenomenon of early leaving in Higher Education. Its aim is to produce knowledge that is relevant and can be debated at the institutional level but is also of interest to the general public. It aims to contribute to a more in-depth knowledge on this subject and as a platform for sharing practices to promote educational success.

Mission

The mission of the Permanent Observatory of Early School Leaving and Promotion of School Success is to monitor cases of university drop-out and undertake actions to improve early leaving and educational success indicators at the UTAD.

Specific aims

  • To monitor early leaving;
  • To provide assistance to students;
  • To mobilise teachers and staff;
  • To improve/adapt training opportunities.

Team

Ana Paula Silva
Pro-Rector for Quality Management
Tenured Associate Professor

Fernando Bessa
Assistant Professor
Economics, Sociology and Management Department

José Cravino
Assistant Professor
Physical Department

Cristiana Cabreira
Research-Educational Sciences Grant Holder