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British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer

When British Columbia began establishing community colleges in the mid 1960s, the explicit decision to provide extensive university transfer opportunities for college students had the added benefit of making a wide array of academic courses available to students who were not university-bound. Some of these students had been in applied programs in which just one or two of their courses--perhaps in English, Psychology, Biology or Mathematics--were academic in nature. Others enrolled in programs in which a sizable number of the courses were academic. BC's public post-secondary institutions have viewed their academic offerings as a means of fostering an equitable, advanced and democratic society. Their values with respect to academic study are expressed in the goals for study leading to a two-year Associate Degree. Much of everyone's previous knowledge about British Columbia's academic offerings outside research universities has been in the context of only university transfer students, that is those students who enter university with transfer as the basis of admission. This newsletter seeks to describe more completely academic post-secondary education in the BC public post-secondary education system by addressing two questions: (1) What proportion of all instruction in colleges, university colleges, and institutes is academic in nature?; and (2) In what programs is academic instruction concentrated? The answers are approximate and preliminary, but they nevertheless advance the understanding of the BC post-secondary system. (Contains 3 tables, 3 figures, and 5 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Postsecondary Education, Public Colleges, Community Colleges, Academic Education, Courses, College Programs, College Transfer Students, Liberal Arts, Science Education, Business Administration Education

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: info[at]; Web site:

Author: Cowin, Bob


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