Accreditation through Building the Rigorous Research System with Oberlin

The values and commitment shared by Pioneer Academics and Oberlin College & Conservatory since the 2016 commencement of their groundbreaking collaboration are the extension of shared values and commitments.

Oberlin College & Conservatory welcomes Pioneer Scholars and introduces the philosophy and scope of the collaboration on its official website.

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Accreditation through Building the Rigorous Research System with Oberlin

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The values and commitment shared by Pioneer Academics and Oberlin College & Conservatory since the 2016 commencement of their groundbreaking collaboration are the extension of shared values and commitments.

Oberlin College & Conservatory welcomes Pioneer Scholars and introduces the philosophy and scope of the collaboration on its official website.

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“Ever the trail blazer for access to higher education and for the most advanced liberal art studies, Oberlin’s collaboration with Pioneer Academics broadens our tradition and influence beyond our campus.”

David Kamitsuka

  • Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Religion
  • Chair, the Academic and Administrative Program Review Steering Committee
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“Oberlin College has historically played a major role in advancing educational access. Now, Pioneer Academics and Oberlin College together aspire to lead in dynamic global education.”

Matthew Jaskol

  • Pioneer Founder & Program Director
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The High Standards to which Pioneer and Oberlin Are Committed

The values and commitment shared by Pioneer Academics and Oberlin College & Conservatory since the 2016 commencement of their groundbreaking collaboration are the extension of shared values and commitments.

Oberlin College & Conservatory welcomes Pioneer Scholars and introduces the philosophy and scope of the collaboration on its official website.

Pioneer Oberlin Collaboration

What drives the collaboration between Oberlin College & Conservatory and Pioneer Academics’ research program?

Oberlin is committed to driving educational breakthroughs

Oberlin’s long standing history and culture of research

  • Oberlin is among the top producers of PhDs among liberal arts colleges
Oberlin has been a pioneer in educational and social advancement

Oberlin has been a pioneer in educational and social advancement

  • Founded in 1833, Oberlin was the first institution of higher education in America to adopt a policy to admit students of color (1835) and the first college to award bachelor’s degrees to women (1841) in a coeducational program.
Oberlin’s long standing history and culture of research

Oberlin is committed to driving educational breakthroughs

  • Ranked consistently among the nation’s top liberal arts schools, Oberlin College & Conservatory is committed to rigorous academics, artistic and musical excellence, and social justice. Pioneer Academics created a bold and unprecedented online research model in 2012. With a history of being the bellwether of US higher education, Oberlin extends its innovative, international vision through collaboration with Pioneer. Oberlin is committed to collaborating with Pioneer Academics to ensure  a rigorous, unparalleled academic system.

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  • Considering students have significantly fewer options for their summer enrichment, Pioneer adjusted the cohort size from maximum 5 to maximum 6 so that we can offer the opportunity to more students. Please be aware that Pioneer will only expand cohorts which we feel sure will not be compromised in any way by a slight increase in participation. Some areas, therefore, may stay at a maximum of 5 because the nature of the course requires heavier coaching.

 

  • Pioneer admissions still requires the same application materials, but we may adjust the timing in response to current realities. If you can work with your counselor to collect your official transcript and counselor evaluation and submit them soon after you submit your application, it will speed up the process. Pioneer admissions requires an official transcript and counselor evaluation to process applications for the final round. If these items won't be available during the process due to COVID-19, applicants must submit evidence that the school's counseling office is closed. Pioneer admissions will then decide what adjustment shall be granted.

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 info@pioneeracademics.com or calling 855-572-8863.

Best,

Matthew Jaskol

Founder & Program Director