OK Col­lege stu­dents un­happy in Ver­non

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN - By Daily Courier Staff

En­rol­ment is fall­ing at the Ver­non cam­pus of Okana­gan Col­lege, where the level of stu­dent sat­is­fac­tion is the low­est in the sys­tem.

The num­ber of stu­dents at the Ver­non cam­pus dipped 1.4 per cent this fall com­pared to 2016, while the three other cam­puses and the dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram all posted in­creases.

Only 21 per cent of Ver­non stu­dents rated their ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence as ex­cel­lent com­pared to 54 per cent of stu­dents in Sal­mon Arm, 32 per cent in Pen­tic­ton, and 27 per cent in Kelowna.

“The re­sult be­tween cam­puses is sig­nif­i­cant this year,” reads part of a re­port pre­sented to col­lege board mem­bers this week.

Over­all, 93 per cent of Okana­gan Col­lege stu­dents say they would rec­om­mend the in­sti­tu­tion. But the per­cent­age of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents at OC who would rec­om­mend the col­lege fell from 94 per cent to 88 per cent, which the re­port de­scribes as a “sta­tis­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant” de­cline.

The to­tal col­lege head­count this year is 7,374 stu­dents, two-thirds of whom at­tend the Kelowna cam­pus.

To­tal en­rol­ment may de­cline in the next few years, as the num­ber of Grade 12 stu­dents grad­u­at­ing from Okana­gan high schools is fore­cast to fall next year and in 2019.

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