Experience Institute's mission is to make experience a credible form of education (expinstitute.com). We currently run a one-year higher ed program, providing our students with the community, curriculum, and connections to design their own learning through apprenticeships. Ei's model focuses on five core competencies: Self Awareness, Community Building, Storytelling, Business Operations, and Human Centered Design, and then provides the framework to help students apply these competencies in their apprenticeships. There are other programs like Experience Institute that are also bridging education and work, that could partner with universities to much more quickly expand co-op opportunities for students.
Other possibilities might include partnering with existing student support programs like the UBS-SEO College Scholars program to make a supported apprenticeship program one piece of the wrap-around support provided to first time college students.