Where Did They Go? Post-Secondary Experiences, Attitudes & Intentions of 2005/06 BC High School Graduates Who Did Not Pursue Public Post-Secondary Education in British Columbia by Fall 2007 (2009)

By the end of the fall term of 2007, 42 percent of British Columbia’s 2005/06 high school graduation cohort had not registered at a public post-secondary institution. In March 2008, about 2,000 of these graduates were surveyed to find out more about them, their plans, and the reasons behind their decisions regarding postsecondary education.

The results showed that although they had not transitioned directly to public postsecondary studies in British Columbia, 96 percent of survey respondents were pursuing or were interested in pursuing further education. Only four percent indicated that they had no intention of ever pursuing postsecondary studies.

By March 2008, or nearly two years since high school graduation, more than 78 percent of the British Columbia high school graduates of 2006 had transitioned to public or private postsecondary education at institutions within the province or elsewhere. More than 62 percent of them had chosen to attend British Columbia’s public postsecondary institutions.

About seven percent of the graduates had enrolled at private postsecondary institutions within the province and about six percent had left the province to pursue their studies elsewhere in Canada. Students with high grade point averages (GPAs) tended to leave the province, while students with lower GPAs were more likely to be found in British Columbia’s private postsecondary institutions.

Financial concerns were the primary barrier to pursuing postsecondary studies reported by survey respondents.

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2013-02-27
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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). Where Did They Go? Post-Secondary Experiences, Attitudes & Intentions of 2005/06 BC High School Graduates Who Did Not Pursue Public Post-Secondary Education in British Columbia by Fall 2007 2009. Web. 2 Mar. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/where_did_they_go/where_did_they_go.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) (2009). Where Did They Go? Post-Secondary Experiences, Attitudes & Intentions of 2005/06 BC High School Graduates Who Did Not Pursue Public Post-Secondary Education in British Columbia by Fall 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/where_did_they_go/where_did_they_go.pdf
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