ERIC Number: ED211004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
British Columbia Enrolment and Degree Performance in the Canadian Context: A Widening Gap.
Gallagher, Charles; Merner, Ronald
British Columbia's (B.C.) performance in college and university education as measured by per-capita degree and enrollment rates for 1961 to 1980 is examined. The rates are obtained by dividing degree and enrollment counts by the numbers in the 18-24 year age group. Comparisons of the B.C. rates are made with the provinces and the national average. Between 1977 and 1981, B.C., in comparison to other Canadian jurisdictions, granted the lowest number of bachelor's and first-professional degrees. At the same time, B.C.'s share of Canada's youth population has been increasing while its share of degrees has been decreasing. Among the 10 provinces, B.C. ranked ninth in granting professional degrees. B.C.'s rank in degree-granting per capita among the 10 provinces by field of study from 1961 through 1979 is indicated, and per capita degree output in B.C. and the other provinces for the major professional fields of study is graphically represented. The shift in provincial rank and degree shortfall is shown when the migrant adjustment is applied to the per capita rates. There is only a marginal improvement in B.C.'s position. The enrollment rate comparison shows the same general results as the degree comparison: the odds of being enrolled are lower in B.C. than for Canada and for each of the regions. For the rest of Canada there are 13 full-time university students for 10 in B.C. on a per capita basis. Data are presented on part-time university enrollment, university transfer enrollment, undergraduate and graduate enrollments, and career-technical enrollments. In addition, geographic differences in enrollment rates within B.C. are examined. (SW)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, College Students, College Transfer Students, Comparative Analysis, Degrees (Academic), Differences, Enrollment Trends, Foreign Countries, Full Time Students, Geographic Distribution, Higher Education, Part Time Students, Population Trends, Professional Education, Regional Characteristics
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Universities Council of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Authoring Institution: Victoria Univ. (British Columbia).
Identifiers: British Columbia