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ERIC Number: ED504989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 100
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
EDUCATIONPLANNER.CA: An External Review
Atkinson, Al
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
The Education Planner website provides a searchable database of approximately 1,700 undergraduate post-secondary programs in British Columbia (BC). It is intended as a "one-start entry point" for students looking for post-secondary options. This independent review of Education Planner was undertaken to determine its overall effectiveness, and to serve as an accountability mechanism to government. The scope of the review includes: (1) Governance and Project Management; (2) Effectiveness (Usefulness and Navigability); (3) Marketing; (4) Site Security; and (5) Sustainability. Surveys were prepared for users and the various professional groups deemed most likely to make use of the resource: both users and the professional groups working with students and prospective students gave the resource high ratings for usefulness and for navigability. However, within both groups, many respondents were not familiar with, and in many cases, had not used many of the components: further investigation and analysis is recommended. The governance and management model for the site has proven to be most effective. Feedback received through the surveys and the focus group indicates that the marketing strategies employed are working well. In addition, several useful suggestions for reaching parents of secondary school students and adults contemplating entering or returning to post-secondary education were received. An assessment of site security revealed that the technological architecture and technical support meets the highest industry standards. In relation to sustainability, several factors emerged, including risk management, technological efficiency, content management, scalability,and planned enhancements. It is recommended that a risk management strategy be developed and that further technological efficiencies be pursued. Additionally, monitoring of the effect of the newly adopted policy on membership is recommended, as the new policy may significantly increase the number of programs that need to be added/updated. The reviewer also recommends assessment of planned enhancements, both in relation to the work required to develop and maintain them, but also to ensure that enhancements are in keeping with the intended purpose of the site. Seven appendixes are included: (1) Advisory Committee Survey; (2) Education Planner Institutional Contacts Workshop; (3) User Group Survey; (4) Professional Groups Survey; (5) Education Planner Institutional Contacts Survey; (6) Focus Group Template; and (7) Web Traffic Summary.
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer. 709 - 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3H6 Canada. Tel: 604-412-7700; Fax: 604-683-0576; e-mail: info@bccat.ca; Web site: http://www.bccat.ca
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Identifiers - Location: Canada