ERIC Number: ED480574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Profile of B.C. Transfer Students Registered with the B.C. Open University.
The British Columbia Open University (BCOU) offers distance courses in a variety of disciplines. This study presents demographic and academic profiles of two types of BC transfer students: (1) Non-resident students known as University Access and Transfer (UAT) students registered in a BCOU Degree Program in 1999; and (2) Resident students, or those registered in a BCOU Degree Program in 1999 and those who graduated from a BCOU Degree Program in 1998 and 1999. Five hundred one students were registered in a BCOU degree program in 1999, and 304 BC transfer student graduated with a BCOU degree in 1998 and 1999. In 2000-01, 5,919 students were enrolled in BCOA UAT courses. Students register in BCOU courses for the purpose of transferring credit to other post-secondary institutions, to upgrade job skills, or for general interest purposes. The courses are offered according to a philosophy that is more akin to evaluation than instruction. BCOU students are generally older than traditional students, and many would not be able to complete their education without the distance option provided by BCOU. Six hundred thirty-nine BCOU students responded to a survey, for a return rate of 69.1%. Surveys offered a profile of students' age, primary reason for taking BCOU course, reason for choosing BCOU as a transfer institution, and other pertinent details. (Contains 14 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: College Students, Community Colleges, Distance Education, Nontraditional Students, Online Courses, Open Universities, Transfer Programs, Transfer Rates (College), Transfer Students, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.bccat.bc.ca/pubs/profileBCOU.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer, Vancouver.
Identifiers - Location: Canada