BEST UP (Berlin Panel of High School Graduates) (completed)

Students from a non-academic family are still underrepresented at German universities. Despite the fact that these students obtain a university-entrance degree, they often choose another track of post-secondary education. What prevents these students to decide in favor of university education? And how could educational policies help to encourage students to seek higher education? These are the main research questions being analyzed in a new research project jointly conducted by DIW Berlin and WZB. We survey Berlin High School graduates before their graduation and ask them about their future study aspirations. We conduct four additional online surveys allowing us to observe students’ actual transition after their High School graduation. Moreover, the project aims at identifying if and how different admission policies of universities influence adolescents' decision to pursue tertiary education.

In cooperation with:

  • German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
  • WZB Berlin Social Science Centre

Project management: Prof. Dr. Heike Solga (WZB), Prof. Dr. C. Katharina Spieß (DIW Berlin)

Contact: Dr. Alessandra Rusconi (alessandra.rusconi[at], Dr. Frauke Peter (fpeter[at]

Duration: 2012-2016

Funding: Einstein Foundation Berlin

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