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ERIC Number: ED540029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Movers: Students Who Move between BC Public Post-Secondary Institutions. A Summary of Findings
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Over the last several years, there has been a wealth of new data on student mobility in British Columbia's postsecondary system. Quantitative information from the Student Transitions Project (STP) has allowed current and prospective students, the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT), public post-secondary institutions, the Ministry responsible for post-secondary education and the Ministry of Education to get a clearer picture of how students navigate the system, moving among public post-secondary institutions in multiple directions. These administrative data, rich as they are, are unable to answer qualitative questions about why students are moving and how satisfied they are with their institutions and the transfer experience. Data from the Student Transitions Project (STP) were used to identify students who were registered in one or more BC public post-secondary institutions in fall 2011 and were enrolled in a different BC public post-secondary institution during the academic year 2010-2011. Of the 5,932 movers identified as eligible for surveying, 1,623 responded for an overall response rate of 27.4 percent. Respondents to the "Survey of Movers" have provided important insight into their considerations, decisions and experiences as they moved between BC's public post-secondary institutions. As a group, they entered the postsecondary system with varying goals--most commonly either credential completion at their original institution, or transfer to another institution. Most respondents (58 percent) had met their main goals by the time they left their original institution and 85 percent had met their main goal at their subsequent institution by the time they were surveyed. Most students switched institutions not due to dissatisfaction, but because they wanted to pursue a specific program that they could not pursue at the original institution. Appended are: (1) Identifying the Eligible Cohort; and (2) Transfer Expectations and Satisfaction. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [For "Survey of Movers. Executive Summary," see ED540020.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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