House of Commons Standing Committe on Finance: Pre-Budget Consultations

The text of all briefs submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance for the pre-budget consultation process will be published on the Committee’s web site.  This measure is meant to enhance the transparency and openness of the consultation process.  Furthermore, it allows all pre-budget ideas presented to the Committee to be easily accessible to all Canadians.    Should you wish to follow the work of the Committee throughout the pre-budget consultation process, information can be followed on … Continued

BC's Human Capital Among Best in Country ‒ Areas For Improvement Identified

The BC Progress Board released a report August 30, 2011, on human capital ‒ the stock of knowledge, skills, and abilities embodied in individuals that determines their level of productivity. “Human Capital and Productivity in British Columbia” was produced by Alexander Murray and Andrew Sharpe of the Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS). For more information, please see:   New Release ,   Executive SummaryFull Report

Following Their Footsteps: What Happens to Students Who Move from Research Universities to Other BC Public Post-Secondary Institutions?

Prepared for the British Columbia Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT) by Joanne Heslop, Manager, Student Transitions Project (STP) Historically, student mobility in the BC public post-secondary system consisted mainly of students transferring from colleges and institutes into baccalaureate degree programs at a research university. This dichotomous system has evolved significantly over the past few decades to a system where every institution in the BC public post-secondary system now has degree-grant­ing authority. As a result, British Columbia has a differentiated … Continued

2010-11 BCCAT Annual Review

The *2010-11 BCCAT Annual Review* is now available on the BCCAT website at www.bccat.ca/publications/annualreview . The Annual Review provides an overview of the major projects and activities undertaken by BCCAT this past year. The mandate of BCCAT is to facilitate articulation, transfer, and admission arrangements among BC post-secondary institutions. This involves a wide range of responsibilities, from providing key resources for students and the post-secondary system to coordinating research on student mobility and success. This publication presents a number of highlights … Continued

The Reliability of Student Engagement Surveys

Research from Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), an agency of the government of Ontario, suggests that student engagement surveys in post-secondary settings are effective, but can mislead when results are used for comparative purposes. The report recommends that post-secondary institutions continue to use American-developed student engagement surveys, but calls for more longitudinal surveys, larger samples, and improved response rates.  View full report here

BCAIU Data Analysis Fall 2009

Enrolment in Fall 2009 What proportion of all B.C. post-secondary students were enrolled in BCAIU institutions in fall 2009? “Over a quarter (27%) of these students were enrolled in one of the eight BCAIU institutions and an approximately equal proportion were enrolled in colleges.” Over 257 thousand students were enrolled in the B.C. post-secondary system in the fall of 2009. Over a quarter (27%) of these students were enrolled in one of the eight BCAIU institutions and an approximately equal … Continued

Research Results: English Proficiency Requirements at BC Post-Secondary Institutions

This British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) newsletter presents key observations from a review of BC post-secondary institutional websites undertaken to assess any differences in admission requirements for entry into standard First Year English courses and in institutional English admission requirements. Recommendations are made on possible actions that could be taken to clarify English proficiency requirements for the benefit of students. More information…

2010 Population Projections

From the proposed changes to the 2011 Census, to the significant dip in GDP growth from the highs recorded in Q1 and the changing outlook for Canada’s housing market, the summer has certainly been a busy time for those trying to interpret the numbers.  Along with deciphering the flow of recent data, Urban Futures have been busy updating our long-range national and provincial population projections with the most recent fertility, mortality, and migration data. As an update to the detailed … Continued

Post-secondary Education in Canada

Choosing which university or college to attend can be a daunting task for students and their parents. As high school students return to school and begin to consider which post-secondary institution they would like to attend, a new report from the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) is proposing a tool that would help students select the educational path that best meets their needs—as part of a new comprehensive framework for post-secondary education in Canada. Navigating Post-secondary Education in Canada: The Challenge of a Changing Landscape , is the second paper in a series on the critical … Continued

Post-secondary Education Pays High Returns for University, College and Trade School Graduates: C.D. Howe Institute

Toronto, Aug. 24 – Higher education pays high rates of return to most graduates of universities, colleges and trade schools, according to a C.D. Howe Institute study released today. In “The Payoff: Returns to University, College and Trades Education in Canada, 1980 to 2005,” authors Daniel Boothby and Torben Drewes, using data from the long-form census for the years 1981 through 2006, consider the financial returns for different types of postsecondary education, and weigh the policy implications for government funding … Continued