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 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.
Given the numerous education choices and pathways available in BC, students tend to navigate their way through the education system in a variety of ways in order to achieve their goal. The Student Transitions Project (STP) conducted a study for BCCAT to help education planners and policy makers gain a better understanding of one of those pathways – the route from research-intensive universities (RIUs) to other BC public post-secondary institutions. This newsletter briefly highlights some of the findings from the study, from a short-range and long-range perspective.
The full newsletter is available at bccat.ca/pubs/rr_footsteps2.pdf