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ERIC Number: ED508700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Dynamics of Post-Secondary Participation and Completion: A Fifteen Year Portrayal of BC Young Adults. Research Results
Andres, Lesley
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
The British Columbia post-secondary system is articulated or "seamless" in that it allows for students to make dynamic transitions into and through the system. But what types of transitions do students actually make? What level of student debt do they incur? What credentials do they earn and how do these credentials help them to secure employment? The Paths on Life's Way project has been following 733 BC high school graduates from the Class of 1988 since they graduated from high school. The Paths project is unique in that it traces students through the post-secondary system--both provincially and extra-provincially--and follows them as they moved from post-secondary education into work. To date, data have been collected at five year intervals (1989, 1993, 1998, and 2003). In this report, some of the key findings from the 15 year follow-up study in 2003 are highlighted. The Paths on Life's Way sample is certainly an "educated generation." Almost all respondents have embraced post-secondary studies, either directly out of high school or at a later point in time. Despite the cost, post-secondary education has paid off--particularly for male university graduates--in terms of jobs in the professions and high level management. (Contains 5 tables, 4 figures, and 5 footnotes.)
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 - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Identifiers - Location: Canada