OK College students unhappy in Vernon
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.