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ERIC Number: ED540036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
The Mosaic of Post-Secondary Institutional Attendance: A Twenty-Two Year Perspective. Research Results
Andres, Lesley; Offerhaus, Judith
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Because of its diversity, the BC post-secondary system offers many routes to credential completion. However, to capture the dynamics of institutional attendance requires a long view of individuals' journeys through the various post-secondary institutions over time. In this report, the authors employ data from the "Paths on Life's Way" project to examine the attendance sequences of the BC high school graduating class of 1988 through the postsecondary system over a 22 year period. The "Paths" data set is ideal in capturing the nature of transitions and trajectories over a long period of time. The main purpose of these analyses are to build on earlier research and to further specify and refine the different templates of institutional trajectories that individuals undertake during the course of their lives. Also, they offer policy implications for BC and beyond from the results of these analyses. In this report, the authors use the analytical technique of sequence analysis. Sequence analysis is ideal for life course research as it uses variables or elements with certain states--in this case post-secondary participation status--that can be ordered into sequences; then, the sequential nature of all elements can be examined simultaneously. The sequence then serves as a representation of an individual's pathway through the postsecondary system. In the analyses presented in this newsletter, each state represents a one year time period. (Contains 7 figures and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Identifiers - Location: Canada