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ERIC Number: ED540040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Following Their Footsteps: What Happens to Students Who Move from Research Universities to Other BC Public Post-Secondary Institutions?
Heslop, Joanne
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
British Columbia has a differentiated post-secondary system in which different kinds of institutions provide students with a wide range of educational program options and numerous opportunities for credential completion. As a result of the many education choices and pathways available to students in BC, they tend to navigate their way through the education system in a variety of ways in order to achieve their goal. This report is intended to provide more information to education planners and policy makers about one of those pathways, from research universities to other BC public postsecondary institutions. This "non-traditional" education pathway was likely uncommon several decades ago, but numerous changes have taken place in the BC public post-secondary system over the past few decades which now facilitate this pathway. The traditional view of unidirectional movement to research universities for degree completion is now evolving to a more comprehensive view because of the changing post-secondary landscape and the numerous degree completion options. Research conducted by the Student Transitions Project (STP) has shown that 22,500 students moved from one BC public post-secondary institution to another, from academic year 2007/08 to 2008/09. The volume and direction of this student movement between BC's different types of institutions is shown in this paper. The matrix shows that one third of all movers entered a research-intensive university (RIU) in 2008/09 and two thirds moved to one of the other sectors. This report focuses on the 6,143 students who moved from an RIU in 2007/08 to some other BC public post-secondary institution in 2008/09. Where are they going? What programs are they enrolling in? What program areas are they moving from and to? What can we imply about their educational goals? How many complete a credential at a research university before enrolling elsewhere? What are the differences in educational goals of students (with or without a credential) who left a research university to attend another institution? Answers to these research questions are provided in this document. Appended are: (1) New Students to RIUs in 2002/03--Following the Cohort to 2008/09 (Supplementary Tables); and (2) Credential Categories. (Contains 20 figures, 5 tables, and 9 footnotes.) [For "Following Their Footsteps: What Happens to Students Who Move from Research Universities to Other BC Public Post-Secondary Institutions? Research Results," see ED540044.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Identifiers - Location: Canada