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					Counsellor Information Day 2007

        Admissions Update

             Mike Bluhm
     Associate Director, Admissions
            Andrew Arida
            Associate Director,
                Enrolment
Counsellor Information Day 2007

       Admissions Update

Today’s Topics
    • Enrolment Review – for your
    reference
    • Admission Averages
    • Self-Admission
    • New for 2008
Counsellor Information Day 2007

   2007 Enrolment Composition
             Vancouver                  Okanagan
                                         Rest of
           Rest of                       World
           World                          7%
            18%
                                  Rest of
 Rest of                                                    Okanagan
                                  Canada
 Canada                                                       39%
                                   18%
   9%
 Rest of BC           Lower
    6%               Mainland   Rest of BC
                       64%        13%
     Victoria /                                         Victoria /
     Nanaimo                                  Lower     Nanaimo
        3%                                   Mainland      2%
                                               21%
Counsellor Information Day 2007

2007 Admission Averages: Vancouver
 Faculty /       Interim    Final          2008
 Program          (May)    (August)
 Agroecology      78%       same      high 70’s
 Arts             83%       same      low to mid 80’s
 Commerce*        84%       same      mid 80’s
 Dental           67%       same      min. 67%
 Hygiene*
 Engineering*     81%       same      high 70’s to low
                                      80’s
 Food,                                low to mid 80’s
 Nutrition and    82%       80%
 Health
Counsellor Information Day 2007

2007 Admission Averages: Vancouver
 Faculty /        Interim    Final        2008
 Program           (May)    (August)
 Forestry          78%       same      guaranteed
 (BSFS, BSCN)                          at 80%
 Forestry                              guaranteed
                   75%       same      at 78%
 (BSF, BSCW)
 Human Kinetics    87%       86%       mid to high
                                       80’s
 Midwifery*        67%       same      min. 67%
 Music*            67%       same      min. 67%
 Science*          89%       86%       mid 80’s to
                                       low 90’s
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2007 Admission Averages: Okanagan
 Faculty / Program   Interim    Final         2008
                      (May)    (August)
 Arts                75%       72%        guaranteed at
 Engineering         75%       same       75%
 Fine Arts*          67%       same       min. 67%
 Health Studies      75%       72%
 Human Kinetics      75%       72%        guaranteed at
                                          75%
 Management          75%       73%
                                          high 70’s to
 Nursing             80%        79%
                                          low 80’s
 Pre-pharmacy        75%        73%       guaranteed at
 Science             75%        73%       75%
Counsellor Information Day 2007

         Self Admission
• BC12s self-report their grades in March/ April
  for an instant online decision
• Data is verified against Ministry of Education
  data in mid-May
• For the most part, students self-report
  accurately
• Of the 5,691 students with both self-reported
  and MoE data, 3,030 (or 53%) students
  presented verifiable data
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March            School issues
                  report card
April
Counsellor Information Day 2007

                         School issues
                          report card
March
         Student self-reports to UBC
April   Report Card or Interim Grades Form


          Student gets
        admission decision
Counsellor Information Day 2007

                         School issues
                          report card
March
         Student self-reports to UBC
April   Report Card or Interim Grades Form


          Student gets
        admission decision
Counsellor Information Day 2007

                         School issues
                          report card
March
         Student self-reports to UBC
April   Report Card or Interim Grades Form


          Student gets
        admission decision
                                             School sends info
                                                to Ministry

 May                                         Ministry sends info
                                                   to UBC
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                         School issues
                          report card
March
         Student self-reports to UBC
April   Report Card or Interim Grades Form


          Student gets
        admission decision
                                             School sends info
                                                to Ministry

 May                                         Ministry sends info
                                                   to UBC
                    UBC verifies data
Counsellor Information Day 2007
 Discrepancies on admission Average: Self-Reported vs.
 Ministry of Education Data, 2007
  1600

  1400                                          1350


  1200

  1000

   800

   600
                                          401
   400
                                                        259
                                    199
   200                         99                             89
         58   36   39     71
                                                                   28   15   5   5   4    2
    0
         -7   -6   -5     -4   -3    -2   -1     >-1    1     2    3    4    5   6   7   More
                                                or <1
                        Discrepancy between admission average calculated on
                         Ministry of Education data and self-reported data (%)
Counsellor Information Day 2007

 Reasons why self-reported data could
 not be verified

                                    % of admitted
                                         students
 Taking a semestered class                 35%
 Not starting a class until April           1%
 Retaking class                            12%
 Continuing / Distance Ed                   8%
 One of Above                            44%
Counsellor Information Day 2007

            New for 2008
English Language Admissions
Standard (ELAS)
 • Ensuring skills for learning and
 communication
 • Satisfied with three years in recognised
 English curriculum in Canada
 (or 4 years including recognised curriculum
       elsewhere)
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 Several other ways to satisfy:

 70% on BC English or English Lit. 12
Provincial Exam
• English Language Proficiency Tests
 TOEFL:    minimum 21 in reading & listening
           minimum 20 in writing & speaking
           overall score of 86
Counsellor Information Day 2007

ELAS is different from LPI…
Language Proficiency Index Test
(LPI)
• Ensuring skills for success in university
English
• Not required for admission
• Must satisfy before starting 1st year English
at UBC Vancouver
• Satisfy with final blended grade of 80% in BC
English or English Lit. 12 (or equivalent)
Counsellor Information Day 2007

             New for 2008
Offers firm in May
• Offers will include specific criteria to be
met to retain offer
ie: published admission requirements:
    • High School Graduation
    • Successful completion of all
    prerequisite courses
    • Minimum 67% average
Counsellor Information Day 2007

            New for 2008
Students to Accept offer
 • Accept offer by June 1 if received by
     May 15
 • Go to Student Service Centre (SSC) to
     accept
Counsellor Information Day 2007

  Alternate Offers Continue

 • Opportunity to match students with
 related field of study where there’s
 capacity
 • Does not affect first and second
 choices
 • Successful in attracting and retaining
 students at UBC Okanagan
Counsellor Information Day 2007

  Using BC Grade 12 Provincial
   Exams as part of the UBC
   undergraduate admission
            decision

            Andrew Arida
     Associate Director, Enrolment
        andrew.arida@ubc.ca
Counsellor Information Day 2007

             Overview

• Background
• Issues for consideration
• Recommendation
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             Background

• Exams of some kind in BC for past 130
  years
• Fell out of favour in the 1970s; current
  version reintroduced in 1986
• Grade 12 courses only
• Worth 40% of final grade
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           Background

• Mandatory component of any provincially
  examinable course
• One of two provinces with comprehensive
  exams
• Most students write in January
  (semestered schools) and June (linear and
  semestered schools)
Counsellor Information Day 2007

  BC Ministry of Education

Purpose of the provincial exams:
  • assess system performance and
    maintain quality control
  • measure individual achievement
Counsellor Information Day 2007

           Consultation
 • UBC Enrolment Mgmt Committee (Jan 2007)
 • UBC Counsellors’ Advisory Committee (Jan
   2007 and May 2007)
 • Ad Hoc Committee of Senate Admissions
 • General campus community
 • Ministry of Education (Feb 2007)
 • Board of Examiners (June 2007)
 • BC Graduation listserv and survey of math
   teachers
Counsellor Information Day 2007

  Issues for consideration:
1. Other jurisdictions admit BC students
   without provincial examination results
   Do not require BC Provincials   Require BC Provincials
   Acadia University               All BC universities
   Carleton University             University of Alberta
   Dalhousie University            University of Calgary
   McGill University               University of Western Ontario
   Mount Allison University
   Queen's University
   St Francis Xavier
   University of Guelph
   University of Saskatchewan
   University of Toronto
   University of Waterloo
Counsellor Information Day 2007
First year student enrolment, secondary
school applicants from “other” jurisdiction,
BC vs. Central Canada, 2007
 500
 450         Ontario                        BC Students
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Counsellor Information Day 2007

Of the 302 BC12s admitted to
UBC in 2007 who did not write
at least one provincial exam…
 • 50% admitted to UBC Vancouver
 • Just under 50% admitted to Arts
 • Typically above average students
Counsellor Information Day 2007
Admission Average, BC12s, 2007
UBC Vancouver   Mean, Initial Admission Average
Program         (%)
                Did NOT              Did complete 4
                complete 4           provincials
                provincials
BA                            88.1             86.8
BASC                          87.0             86.5
BCOM                          89.7             90.1
BHK                           91.5             87.7
BSC                           90.5             90.1
BSFN                          69.6             85.3
Counsellor Information Day 2007
Extent to which UBC’s
requirement for exams
influenced students’ decisions

• 438 admitted students indicated
  requirement resulted in them
  considering other institutions
• 102 admitted students indicated
  requirement played a role in their
  decision to attend another institution
Counsellor Information Day 2007

  Issues for consideration:
2. Relevance to the admission decision

   • In 2007, 98% of the total offers of
   admission to BC students were made before
   provincial exam results
   • As of June 2007, 22% of all admitted BC
   12 students admitted without UBC seeing
   any provincial examination results
   • Final grade data received by UBC in first
   week of August
Counsellor Information Day 2007
Registered secondary school
applicants without final grades as of
Aug 20, 2007
350                                                                         35%


300                                                                         30%


250                                                                         25%


200                                                                         20%


150                                                                         15%


100                                                                         10%


 50                                                                         5%


 0                                                                          0%
      BC12s   Can12s       Out of        Ontario12s         US12s   Total
                         Country12s

                       registered   % of total registered
Counsellor Information Day 2007

  Issues for consideration:

 3. Students from all other jurisdictions are
     admitted without the equivalent of
     provincial examinations
 4. Reluctance to rescind offers of admission
 5. Fairness in the admissions process
    – Using provincial exams treats
       semestered and linear school students
       differently
Counsellor Information Day 2007

    Issues for consideration:
Student A:
•    Attends a semestered school
•    Has Math 12 at 85% and English 12 at 90%
•    Writes provincials in January, goes down to 80% and
     85%
•    Self-reports in April and does not gain admission
Student B:
•    Attends a linear school
•    Has Math 12 at 85% and English 12 at 90%
•    Self-reports in April and gains admission
•    Writes provincials in June, goes down to 80% and 85%
•    Retains offer of admission
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  Issues for consideration:

6. Provincial examinations as indicators
   of first year success
Counsellor Information Day 2007

     First Year Performance

Department of Math conducted studies in the
  1970s
• Results showed that students who wrote
  the (then) optional scholarship exams
  performed better in first year math than
  students with the same Math 12 grade who
  did not
Counsellor Information Day 2007
 Average correlation between admission
 criteria and first year sessional average,
 BC 12 students, 2003 - 2005
                                0.700

                                                                                                       0.581
                                0.600                     0.545          0.557          0.559
                                          0.527
  correlation coefficient (r)




                                0.500

                                0.400

                                0.300

                                0.200

                                0.100

                                0.000
                                         Courses      Course grades Course grades    Exam grades   Blended grades
                                        grades only     w/ Engl 12   w/ Eng 12 &         only
                                                          blend     Math 12 blends
Counsellor Information Day 2007
Common variance between course grades
and examination grades, BC12s registered
at UBC, 2003 – 2005
                    60.0%

                    50.0%
  common variance




                    40.0%

                    30.0%

                    20.0%

                    10.0%

                    0.0%
                            Math 12 Biol 12 Chem 12 Phys 12   Hist 12   Engl 12 Geog 12
Counsellor Information Day 2007

               Rationale

 • UBC cannot consistently use provincial
   examination data and make admission
   decisions in a timely manner
 • Requiring examinations is therefore neither
   realistic, honest or ethical
Counsellor Information Day 2007

      Potential Outcomes
• UBC does not require Grade 12 provincial
  examinations other than those required for
  graduation by the Ministry of Education
  (English 12).
             - or -
• Provincial exams are required, but not
  used in the calculation of admission
  average
Counsellor Information Day 2007

      Potential Outcomes
• March/April admission decisions are made
  on course grades only. The majority of
  students are admitted on interim grades.
• Should an applicant have already completed
  an optional Grade 12 examination, the final
  blended grade may be used in the
  March/April admission decision, but only if it
  is to the student’s advantage.
Counsellor Information Day 2007

       Potential Outcomes
 • Students not admitted in March/April may be
   admitted in July/August if
   a) their July grades are above the competitive
   cut-off and
   b) space permits.
 • Offers of admission are only revoked if a
   student falls below the published university
   minimum, fails or does not complete a pre-
   requisite course, and/or does not graduate.
Counsellor Information Day 2007


 questions, comments, and opinions




            Andrew Arida
     Associate Director, Enrolment
        andrew.arida@ubc.ca

				
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