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ERIC Number: ED507044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 160
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Environmental Scan of BC Post-Secondary Admissions: 2009
Heath, Nick
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
In 2008, British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) commissioned an environmental scan on the possible need for system-wide work on institutional admissions processes and practices. This scan is intended to seek system input and to provide guidance on the choice of research projects and other related work in the coming year. This report is an environmental scan evaluating the current status of admission to B.C.'s postsecondary institutions. Admission is interpreted broadly to include entry of school leavers to postsecondary institutions (the majority of admissions) and transfers of postsecondary students between institutions, but excludes graduate programs. It is not limited to transfer students. Previous reports were examined. A two-pronged survey was conducted of school counsellors and postsecondary staff working in student services or related fields. The issues covered ranged from processes and their timing, admission policies, and communication and service levels. The surveys revealed that the perceptions of school counsellors and related school staff are often markedly different from those of postsecondary staff. In particular, responses contrasted in the following areas, with school counsellors being much less inclined to agree that: (1) web sites of institutions are predictable and easy to navigate; (2) web sites of institutions are easy to understand; (3) applicants receive prompt responses to inquiries; (4) applicants are treated with respect; (5) admission processes are generally similar; (6) admission processes need not be more similar; (7) institutions are lenient on admission deadlines; (8) institutions readily refund admission deposits; (9) admission requirements for secondary school leavers make sense; (10) secondary students have ample flexibility in course choices; (11) admission requirements for secondary school leavers do not change much; (12) transfer students are treated equally with direct-entry students; and (13) there is no stigma associated with being a transfer student. This report makes recommendations that fall into four categories: (1) to improve internal communications in postsecondary institutions; (2) to correct or improve information services at these institutions; (3) to initiate joint discussions among postsecondary institutions, in some cases with BCCAT, where a cooperative approach is required; and (4) to initiate joint discussions among postsecondary institutions and the secondary school system, where a cooperative approach is required. Appended are: (1) Individual responses to open-ended questions; (2) Text version of survey instrument distributed to secondary school counsellors and other secondary school staff; (3) Survey instrument -- secondary school counsellors; (4) Text version of survey instrument distributed to postsecondary institution registrars and other postsecondary staff; and (5) Survey instrument -- postsecondary institution staff. (Contains 78 tables and 42 figures.)
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: info@bccat.ca; Web site: http://www.bccat.ca
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Identifiers - Location: Canada