Already the decision for or against studying depends on the social and cultural integration of the parental home or the family environment. Non-academic families, in which both parents have not studied, often do not have the appropriate resources and knowledge in dealing with academic behaviour and are therefore unable to pass this on to their children. Prospective students from non-academic families are therefore at a considerable disadvantage compared to those from academic families. So-called "first-generation students" and students from immigrant families are also more often dependent on an extensive sideline job, which often conflicts with the requirements of their studies. As a result, they are more burdened with their studies and have higher drop-out rates compared to students who come from academic families (without a migrant background).
The influence of disadvantageous factors continues in the further academic career up to the professorship.
The strategic area of Educational Equity therefore focuses on the professional transitions from the start of studies to professorship and the support of first generation students on this path. On the other hand, the university exclusion mechanisms are critically examined.
Institutions and counselling in the field of educational justice
Selected central measures in the area of educational equity
Further measures and offers can be found in the Chancen@UniKöln - Praxisdatenbank.