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ERIC Number: ED505014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 128
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
Where Did They Go? Post-Secondary Experiences, Attitudes & Intentions of 2005/06 BC High School Graduates Who Did Not Pursue Public Post-Secondary Education in British Columbia by Fall 2007
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
The "Where Did They Go?" study, co-funded by the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) and the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), was designed to complement research undertaken under the auspices of the Student Transitions Project (STP) which has tracked the public post-secondary participation of BC high school graduates from 2002/03 to the present. The co-funders were interested in better understanding (a) other post-secondary destinations outside of the BC public system, and (b) the intentions of high school students who have "not continued" on to post-secondary education after graduation from high school. Forty-two percent of British Columbia's 2005/06 high school graduation cohort had not registered at a public post-secondary institution by the end of the fall term of 2007. Of these, 2,018 were surveyed in March 2008 by R.A. Malatest and Associates Ltd. in order to learn more about these graduates. This was done under contract with the Ministry of Education which provided Malatest with the graduate data necessary to conduct a random sample. The survey was modelled on one developed by the Fraser Region Consortium (FRC) with their permission. That study examined the further education destinations, intentions, and attitudes of 2003/04 BC high school graduates from the Fraser Region of the province who did not transition to public post-secondary education in BC by the following year (Heslop, 2006). A small subcommittee guiding the "Where Did They Go?" study made modifications to the original survey instrument (see Appendix F), which was then implemented across the province with a sampling strategy based on six regions. This report describes the survey methodology, the sample, and key research findings. When interpreting the results, the reader should be aware that the provincial level findings are statistically significant; however, those at the regional level are not. A number of appendices augment information in the body of the report. Appended are: (1) Overview of Results; (2) Detailed Tables by Post-Secondary Status; (3) Detailed Tables by Region; (4) Occupational Categories of Positions Held by Employed Respondents; (5) References; and (6) Malatest Methodology Report and Survey Instrument. (Contains 31 figures and 33 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Identifiers - Location: Canada