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ERIC Number: ED505186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-20
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Movement Among B.C. Public Post-Secondary Institutions. Research Report
Heslop, Joanne
Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development
The Student Transitions Project (STP) is a collaborative effort of British Columbia's (BC's) Ministries of Education and Advanced Education and Labour Market Development and BC's public post-secondary institutions. STP research is helping school districts, post-secondary institutions and the Ministries of Education and Advanced Education and Labour Market Development to plan and manage programs and access to higher education in BC. In this analysis, a cohort of 43,360 grade 12 graduates of 2001/02 was followed from 2002/03 to 2006/07, as the students moved into and among BC's public post-secondary institutions. A summary of their retention and credential completion outcomes is also provided. Reported findings include: (1) Within five years of high school graduation in 2001/02, 72 per cent of graduates registered for post-secondary education; (2) Evidence suggests that BC's public post-secondary education system is allowing the transition of students between institutions and in multiple directions over time; (3) Of the 2001/02 grade 12 graduation class who attended B.C. public post-secondary education, 40 per cent attended more than one institution, attending an average of 1.6 institutions over a five-year period; (4) The post-secondary education system allows students to stop out for a period of time during their studies: each year, the number of stop outs without a credential significantly outnumbers the stop outs with a completed credential; (5) Stop out or dropout behavior is more common among students enrolled in small colleges and university colleges; and (6) Of those who enrolled in B.C.'s public post-secondary education system after high school graduation in 2001/02, 38 per cent completed a credential; credential completion rates were significantly higher among those who graduated from high school with GPAs of at least 75 per cent and among graduates from many of the college regions in the Lower Mainland. Three appendixes are included: (1) B.C. Public Post-Secondary Institutions by Sector; (2) Sector Mobility Matrices; and (3) STP Information and Definitions. (Contains 10 figures, 1 table and 10 endnotes.) [Published in partnership with the Ministry of Education.]
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 - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development
Identifiers - Location: Canada