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ERIC Number: ED540048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
2011 Admissions and Transfer Experiences of Students Continuing Their Post-Secondary Studies in British Columbia. Research Results
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Recent figures show that each year over 22,000 students move between institutions in BC's geographically dispersed network of public colleges, institutes, teaching-intensive universities, and research-intensive universities. The ability of students to move easily through the system, accessing the institutions, programs of study, and courses that they need and, where appropriate, transferring credits for their work, is key to the success of the province's post-secondary education system. The BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) facilitates the movement of students among BC postsecondary institutions by coordinating an efficient system for transferring course credits. In order to learn more about the actual experiences of students who changed institutions, BCCAT commissioned an analysis of relevant questions from a provincial survey of former students conducted in 2011, the BC Diploma, Associate Degree, and Certificate Student Outcomes (DACSO) Survey. This analysis focuses on the admissions and transfer experiences of almost 5,500 former students who left a BC public college, institute, or teaching-intensive university program to continue their studies in another program at the same institution or at another BC public post-secondary institution. The former students were surveyed 9 to 20 months after they left their programs of study. This information includes a comparison of results with similar studies conducted in 2002, 2005, and 2008. This analysis reveals that 44% of post-secondary students surveyed continue their studies (33% for credential completers and 73% for those who had not completed their credential). Of those continuing their studies at a different institution: (1) 80% are satisfied with admissions services; (2) 86% enter their preferred institution; (3) 94% enter their preferred program; (4) 85% register in all the courses they want; (5) 86% receive all the transfer credits they expect; and (6) 79% are satisfied with their transfer experience. (Contains 10 figures and 11 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: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Identifiers - Location: Canada