Vancouver UBC campus senate votes to consider grade 11 report cards in admission process


In the wake of a provincial public-school teachers' strike, the UBC Vancouver campus senate has adopted a motion to make it easier to evaluate applications for admission.

Today, the senate voted to allow university officials "to consider final confirmed grades to date, including final Grade 11 and completed Grade 12 courses".

Public-school teachers have refused to meet with management, supervise exams or playgrounds, do any fundraising, or write formal report cards.

The Ministry of Education has announced that Grade 12 students will receive letter grades, which will enable them to apply to postsecondary institutions.

But they may not receive a traditional spring report card.

"UBC recognizes this is an anxious time for students and their families," the university said in a statement. "Adopting this measure will allow the University to make offers of admission to B.C. students by mid-April—the same timeframe as in previous years."

In January, UBC announced that it had expanded its admission criteria to include four to six personal profile questions.

This "broad-based admissions" process has been in place in the Sauder School of Business since 2004.

“By allowing us to consider the full range of our applicants’ accomplishments, broad-based admissions has allowed Sauder to build a more diverse and engaged student body,” Sauder school dean Daniel Muzyka said at the time. “The feedback from the business community about the calibre of our graduates has been tremendous. Focused, bright and collaborative, the students have the dynamic qualities necessary to find success and take on leadership roles.”

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That's fine for students who plan on attending UBC, but what about all those other universities? Not that the teachers give a damn about the students.
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