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ERIC Number: ED505012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
The BC Provincial Education Number (PEN): Considerations for Assigning the PEN to Post-Secondary Applicants
Link, Greg
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
The BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) has had a long-standing interest in measures of student mobility and the potential of the Provincial Education Number (PEN) being applied in post-secondary institutions at the applicant stage. The Admissions Committee of BCCAT included a project in its 2004/05 Work Plan to conduct a thorough investigation of current and potential uses of the PEN in BC with a focus on the possibility of assigning a valid PEN to all applicants to public post-secondary institutions (PSIs). The results of the PEN project are important to a second research project being conducted concurrently by BCCAT on the feasibility of expanding applicant flow studies to a broader range of post-secondary institutions. The objectives for the PEN study and the resulting paper were to determine the present use of the PEN in the BC secondary and post-secondary systems; describe the use of a unique student identifier in two other jurisdictions, Quebec and Indiana; present options that would result in BC post-secondary institutions having a valid PEN attached to the official record of each applicant; and make recommendations about the use of the PEN in relation to the provincial goal of improved studies on student mobility and applicant flows. Key individuals were identified and interviewed in order to gather the information necessary to write the paper. Interviewees provided considerable support for the value and desirability of assigning a valid PEN to every PSI applicant during the applicant phase. In terms of the feasibility of doing so, success would depend upon continued system-wide cooperation in addition to pursuing the potential for technical solutions that do not result in any delay in the institutional processing of applicants. The relevant legislation also needs to be considered in detail regarding the kinds of studies and reporting that would make use of the PEN. The data submission deadlines and the way in which batch submissions are submitted by the PSIs need to be addressed. Clearly there are more discussions and consultations needed in order to continue to move toward the goal of a PEN at the applicant phase and to build on the high level of support for such an initiative. An appendix provides a complete listing of people who contributed information or provided referrals. (Contains 1 note.)
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:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Indiana