ERIC Number: ED437232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
BC College and Institute Aboriginal Former Student Outcomes, 1997. BC College and Institute Student Outcomes Report.
Centre for Education Information, Victoria (British Columbia).
This report examines the employment, further education, and satisfaction outcomes of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal former students who attended public colleges and institutes in British Columbia (Canada). Data on 878 Aboriginal students and 19,440 non-Aboriginal students were collected in 1997, approximately 9 months after students completed all or most of their program. Outcomes were compared for three program areas: arts and sciences, applied programs (those leading to employment in a specific field), and adult basic education (ABE) programs (those providing education at the secondary level or lower). Compared to the non-Aboriginal sample, the Aboriginal sample included individuals who were about 4 years older (median age 29.9) and had a larger proportion of female students. Since fewer Aboriginal students (68 percent) had finished high school before enrolling in their postsecondary program, Aboriginal students were more likely than non-Aboriginal students to have participated in ABE programs or courses. Among the main survey findings were the following: (1) Aboriginal students emphasized job skills as the main reason for enrolling; (2) labor force participation was 80 percent among Aboriginal former students and 86 percent among non-Aboriginal students; (3) 36 percent of Aboriginal and 43 percent of non-Aboriginal students went on to further education within 9 months of finishing their program; and (4) Aboriginal students were very satisfied with the utility of their training in relationship to employment, with their skill development, and with teaching quality and instructor availability. Appendices contain notes on the survey sample and extensive data tables. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indians, Canada Natives, Compensatory Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attitudes, Employment, Foreign Countries, Graduate Surveys, Job Skills, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Satisfaction, Skill Development, Tables (Data)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology, Victoria.; Human Resources Development Canada, Hull (Quebec).
Authoring Institution: Centre for Education Information, Victoria (British Columbia).
Identifiers - Location: Canada