What we know (and don’t know) about applicants to multiple institutions

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Recently, BCcampus has created some additional reports that seek to help answer questions about users who are submitting applications to more than one post-secondary institution. These reports were run for the time period October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011. Figure 1 shows that overall, 35% of the nearly 100,000 applicants who used ApplyBC submitted applications to more than one institution. It’s possible that the… Read more »


ApplyBC discussions – shared forms can be a winner

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ApplyBC (previously PASBC) is the provincial service that anyone can use to apply to BC’s public post-secondary institutions. During the past summer, a discussion framework for the future of ApplyBC was developed and distributed. See: http://urls.bccampus.ca/ABCframework/ This framework identified the drawbacks to the current multiple application streams as well as providing three options for consideration and further discussion. This post focuses on a key question raised:… Read more »


ApplyBC discussions – real-time reporting capabilities

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ApplyBC (previously PASBC) is the provincial service that anyone can use to apply to B.C.’s public post-secondary institutions. During the past summer, a discussion framework for the future of ApplyBC was developed and distributed. See: http://urls.bccampus.ca/ABCframework/ This framework identified the drawbacks to the current multiple application streams as well as providing three options for consideration and further discussion. The key questions are: Does it still make… Read more »


ApplyBC user experience under discussion

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ApplyBC is the provincial service that anyone can use to apply to BC’s public post-secondary institutions. For the previous 15 years, this service has been known as PASBC, and it was the first online provincial application service in Canada. Since 2004, BCcampus has been responsible for managing and operating the service, under guidance from a Steering Committee of institutional and affiliate representatives. During the past… Read more »


Time to change your URLS to ApplyBC

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On June 16th, 2011, the BC Post-secondary Application Service (PASBC) is being renamed ApplyBC. We’ve sent the following request to our contacts in all B.C. public post-secondary institutions: What needs to be done: We’re asking institutions to change their websites and associated documentation to refer to ApplyBC. Please forward this request to your web site administrators for implementation, as follows: Any existing PASBC links in… Read more »


Handing over the reins to a popular service

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Since its inception, BCcampus has been supporting a key system used by many of the 30,000 B.C. government employees: the Course Information & Registration System (CIRS). Originally developed by BCcampus staff in 2003, CIRS became immediately popular as the convenient way for government employees to find and register in government sponsored employee training and development courses. During the 8 years that BCcampus has maintained the… Read more »


Online Student Services Forum 2011

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On June 7th, BCcampus will be facilitating a one-day forum of presentations and discussions on online BC student service tools and needs at BC’s post-secondary institutions. The purpose of this forum is to share knowledge and identify possible initiatives that could result in better support services for students over the coming years. Participants will have the opportunity to describe their visions for future potential services…. Read more »


Demystifying the student perspective

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Hilda Anggraeni and Diana Chan, two very talented co-op students from Simon Fraser University, have come up with a great idea. They have created the Demystifying the Student Perspective discussion space in SCoPE to bring together undergraduate students and post-secondary faculty to discuss issues around social media and educational technology. They are doing the planning from beginning to end, which has involved learning the ins… Read more »


Shibboleth Authentication launches

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On March 16, 2011, BCcampus and Simon Fraser University(SFU) went into production with a new mechanism that will permit SFU students and employees to use the SFU login system in order to access BCcampus services that require authentiation. This federated identity system is called Shibboleth: “The Shibboleth System is a standards based, open source software package for web single sign-on across or within organizational boundaries…. Read more »


MyCreditsBC beta tool is ready

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MyCreditsBC.ca will provide a mechanism for BC post-secondary students to easily retrieve unofficial course transcripts from institutions they have attended, and then determine course-by-course transferability options to other BC post-secondary institutions, based on Transfer Agreements maintained by the BC Council of Admissions & Transfer. “This is a very unique website – one of the first I have seen of this type. I like the way… Read more »