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ERIC Number: ED573379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
British Columbia Post-Secondary Direct-Entry Admission Practices: Implications for the BC Secondary School Graduation Program. Project Report
James, Ted; McMillan, Allan
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
This report was commissioned jointly by the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) and the British Columbia Registrar's Association (BCRA) to create a background document to further dialogue among stakeholders regarding any proposed changes to the secondary school graduation program in BC. The scope of the report includes only the admission processes for direct-­entry applicants for the post-­secondary members of the BC Transfer system. Guided by a project advisory committee of BCRA representatives, the authors researched the different types of admission models and admission practices used by post-­secondary institutions in BC and obtained feedback and other input from 2 focus groups of members from the British Columbia Associate Registrars and Managers Association (BCARMA). The report concludes that further dialogue is needed among the various stakeholders to address the implications, challenges and issues raised earlier. Key stakeholders in such further dialogue will be the post-­secondary institutions, including faculty, registrars, and academic administrators. The authors recommend that BCCAT continue to show leadership in assisting the post-­secondary system in BC to participate in further dialogue, to identify and help ameliorate the barriers that students face when transitioning into post-­secondary, to document the correlation between secondary school grades and success in post-secondary studies, and to provide advice and support to post-­secondary institutions in how best to handle the new changes to secondary school graduation when these are implemented. In addition, BCCAT should encourage the post-­secondary articulation committees to invite participation by representatives of secondary school teachers in their articulation meetings in English, mathematics, sciences and modern languages. Furthermore, the report recommends that the Ministry of Education should include representatives from the post-­secondary system in the work teams that develop the proposed new secondary school assessment methods, graduation requirements, and student progress reports identified in the "BC Education Plan." Two appendices are included: (1) Models of Admission for Direct Entry into Post-­Secondary Education in BC; and (2) Typical Schedule for Annual Admission Process into Post-­Secondary.
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; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) (Canada); British Columbia Registrars Association (BCRA) (Canada)
Identifiers - Location: Canada