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ERIC Number: ED505100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Tracking Student Mobility Between the Public and Private Post-Secondary Education Sectors in British Columbia: A Feasibility Study
Kershaw, Adrian
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
This study will examine the feasibility of developing a student mobility tracking system that encompasses the entire post-secondary system in BC. Currently, the vast majority of the private post-secondary sector has no formal link with institutions in the public sector. As a consequence, little is known beyond anecdotal evidence about the student mobility between the two sectors. For a provincial economy that is becoming increasingly dependent upon the application of knowledge from a well-trained and educated workforce, this lack of information could well be significant. Moreover, this lack militates against any effort to integrate the public and private post-secondary education sectors for the benefit of students and, indeed, of the economy. Notwithstanding these general concerns there have been some positive developments with respect to building closer ties between the two post-secondary sectors. For some time, a handful of private sector post-secondary institutions have been able to enter the BC course transfer system (BC Transfer Guide) through a process formerly managed by The University Presidents' Council (TUPC). And, in 2002 the Degree Authorization Act and the establishment of the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) introduced a new process whereby private institutions with approved degrees are listed as Program Members of the BC Transfer System with the ability to articulate their approved degrees with public sector institutions. This latter development marks a significant step towards the development of a seamless relationship between public post-secondary institutions and those private institutions that have undergone a rigorous quality assessment process. The relationship will allow undergraduate students to switch between institutions in the two sectors without loss of credits and without the need to repeat courses already taken. This study will provide guidance on how to enable the collection of sufficient student, program, and institutional information from the private sector to allow for the efficient tracking of students who move between the two sectors of the post-secondary system. Finally, the study will propose a pilot project aimed at developing a phased approach to developing an inter-sectoral student mobility tracking system. Appended are: (1) Data Elements: Master Spreadsheet; and (2) Observations and Suggestions from Contractor to BCCAT. (Contains 2 tables and 9 endnotes.
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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