Pioneer initiative highlighted by Inside Higher Ed

Pioneer Academics > News > Pioneer initiative highlighted by Inside Higher Ed

Pioneer initiative highlighted by Inside Higher Ed

Inside High Ed news cover

Recently, Inside Higher Ed, a major education publication, featured Pioneer Academics in an article discussing the risks of in-person learning during the pandemic and difficulties students face during COVID19. Universities face significant challenges in reopening due to the nature of college life, such as dormitories and dining halls, as well as the fact that many college students do not fully understand the risks of Covid-19, or may feel invincible because of their young age.

To help students understand Covid-19 and its effect on the world, universities and other organizations have set up a variety of programs to educate students about Covid-19, including the new program Pioneer launched in response to Covid-19, POSS (Pioneer Open Summer Study). Through POSS, high school students around the world can dive into one of four topics, including three related to Covid-19.

To learn more about these programs and their potential to influence the ways students perceive Covid-19, click here to see the original article in Inside Higher Ed.

Dear educator friend,

In the critical process of preparing students to transition to college, you are key. The
ramifications of your guidance are far-reaching.

The Pioneer Research Program believes that it, too, has a role to play in preparing students of special potential and passion for learning. This is a role we trust you will appreciate knowing about. Our mission is to offer a deep and otherwise unavailable opportunity to exceptionally motivated young scholars who want to learn and research at the college level and to explore their potential for innovation.

What makes Pioneer a unique deep-dive learning experience is not just the mentorship of distinguished professors. It is the rigorous quality controls developed conjointly by Pioneer and Oberlin College. Professors (must) adhere to rubrics for

1) setting learning goals;

2) syllabus development;

3) oversight, feedback and evaluation, and

4) grading standardization.

This rigorous academic system is supported by thorough admission process and a high-minded ethics code. The combination gives students an exceptional learning experience that is brought to fruition in a college-level research paper documenting their findings.

You can follow this link Pioneer’s concrete academic system to learn more about the academic system. Academic quality control and academic oversight assure Pioneer’s focus is on learning and learners, and therefore all of our practices were built upon the following principles:

No conflict of interests Pioneer’s academic ethical standards
Because of its high academic and ethical standards, the Pioneer program has earned the trust of college admissions departments and formed the basis for the ground-breaking collaboration with Oberlin College. Pioneer scholars get two college credits upon completing their Pioneer research.

Click to learn about Pioneer and Oberlin College's groundbreaking academic collaboration.

Pioneer has a rigorous admission process. Students who have genuine academic interests and are highly motivated are a good fit with Pioneer’s values. Pioneer’s founding board insisted that Pioneer commit to a professor-blind policy during the application process, ensuring that applicants have authentic field interest and correct priorities. Consequently, no information about professors is released before admission to the program. This policy is much appreciated and respected by universities. Professor-blind admission policy
On this page is the critical information needed to meet your needs.

If you have additional questions, feel free to let us know how we can help you by emailing or calling 855-572-8863.


Matthew Jaskol

Founder & Program Director