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ERIC Number: ED505107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Mobility of Transfer Students in BC. Research Results, 2006
Box, Dale
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
In the last two years, the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) has conducted research on the number of potential and eligible transfer students in colleges, university colleges, and institutes in the fall of each year and the number that enrolled in a BC public university in the subsequent year with transfer as the basis of admission. The research results that follow present the key findings from the 2005-06 mobility data, along with some comparisons to 2004-05 data. This research has been conducted under the auspices of the Student Transitions Project (STP) with funding from BCCAT. The pivot tables and accompanying work sheets (sent to institutions in early May) provide a wealth of information specific to each institution, and can be accessed through each institution's Registrar and Institutional Research Director. This report contains: (1) Transfers to universities down by 4.1% (Fig. 1) p.1; (2) Most colleges, university colleges, and institutes show declines in transfers to universities (Fig. 2) p.2; (3) Students transferring to universities with about the same credits and slightly lower GPAs (Fig. 3 & 4) p.3; (4) Overall transfer ratios up by 1% (Table 2) p.4; (5) Pool of students eligible to transfer to a university down by 4.3% (Table 4) p.5; (6) 48% of students eligible to transfer remain at a college, university college, or institute (Fig. 8) p.8; and (7) Project Background. The evidence presented in this summary as well as in the underlying data sent to institutions in early May 2007 suggest that there is a softening in the number of Potential Transfer Students (down 1.2%), Eligible Transfer Students (down 4.3%), and Successful Transfer Students (down 4.1%). However, the methodology used to identify possible transfer students is imprecise. Many factors can influence the numbers of transfer students, including expanded capacity in the system (25,000 new seats) and its impact on enrolment decisions, and the state of the economy. The number of Successful Transfer Students will be influenced by the GPA requirements at universities as well as enrolment management practices. Finally, the creation of additional degrees at the university colleges and colleges/institutes could reduce the number of students transferring to universities. BCCAT continues to present and analyze student mobility data to help institutions with their enrolment planning. Working with the STP, BCCAT plans to continue research on transfer student mobility in 2007/08 as part of research on the overall flow of students among BC post-secondary institutions over a multi-year period. (Contains 8 figures and 4 tables.)
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 - Descriptive
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