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ERIC Number: ED505132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Aboriginal Report--Charting Our Path: Public Post-Secondary System
Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development
This report provides an update on initiatives, activities and performance information regarding public post-secondary Aboriginal students in British Columbia between 2003-04 and 2006-07. In developing the report, the Ministry worked with its Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Partners, which includes Aboriginal and First Nations leadership, public post-secondary institution presidents, Aboriginal post-secondary institutions and organizations, and the federal and provincial governments. The report provides public system-level indicator data on Aboriginal participation, student outcomes, transition rates and other information. The data reflect existing data sources, and the report serves as an update to the public post-secondary system and the public on recent key initiatives in Aboriginal post-secondary education. Reported findings include: (1) In 2006-07, 18,254 public post-secondary students identified themselves as Aboriginal, a 23 per cent increase since the Ministry started reporting the number of Aboriginal students in 2002-03; (2) In 2006-07, 4.5 per cent of the students enrolled in public post-secondary institutions identified themselves as Aboriginal, a 0.5 per cent increase in the proportion of Aboriginal students relative to the total student population since 2002-03; (3) Between 2006-07 and 2007-08, the number of Aboriginal full-time equivalent (FTE) students increased by 1.2 per cent; (4) In 2006-07, the proportion of Aboriginal full-time equivalents in institutions that provide data to the Ministry's Central Data Warehouse was 5.9 per cent; this figure has remained the same since 2005-06; (5) In 2006-07, 39 per cent of Aboriginal students in British Columbia's public post-secondary system were registered at rural colleges, and 23 per cent were registered at universities; (6) In 2006-07, 52.7 per cent of Aboriginal students in colleges, university colleges, institutes and Thompson Rivers University were enrolled in developmental and/or continuing education programs, compared with 36.9 per cent of non-Aboriginal students; (7) In 2007, seven per cent of Aboriginal British Columbians held a university degree, compared with 23 per cent of non-Aboriginal British Columbians.; (8) Among Aboriginal people's average wage rates, earning levels grow with each increase in level of education; (9) In 2006-07, the provincial public high school dogwood completion rate for Aboriginal students was 49 per cent, compared with 83 per cent for non-Aboriginal students; (10) In 2004-05, nine per cent of Aboriginal K-12 graduates were eligible for university admission, compared with 32 per cent of non-Aboriginal K-12 graduates; (11) In 2005-06, 40 per cent of Aboriginal high school graduates made an immediate transition to a British Columbia public post-secondary institution, compared with 51.3 per cent of non-Aboriginal high school graduates; and (12) Of the Aboriginal students who graduated from high school in 2001-02, 67.7 per cent had enrolled at a British Columbia public post-secondary institution within four years of graduation, compared with 70.2 per cent of the non-Aboriginal high school graduates. (Contains 12 footnotes.)
Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development. P.O. Box 9059, Station Provincial Government, Victoria, BC, Canada. Tel: 604-660-2421; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development
Identifiers - Location: Canada