Formerly known as the Common Online Application Platform (COAP) Project, EducationPlannerBC is a sector-led, government supported project to improve post-secondary planning and application services for students, making it easier to plan, search and apply for post-secondary education in B.C.
In early 2015, Cabinet directed the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training to pursue a common online application platform for students applying to public post-secondary education in British Columbia. Over the summer of 2015, a Sector Advisory Committee held extensive meetings and produced a final report containing 11 recommendations for the development of a common online solution for public post-secondary institutions in B.C.
- Students will explore potential career pathways and the variety of post-secondary opportunities available in B.C. to help them achieve their personal goals
- Students will use a single, online resource to easily and conveniently apply to B.C. post-secondary institutions
- Post-secondary institutions and government will access system-wide data regarding the usage of educational/career planning information and applicant behaviours to inform policy decisions
Representatives from a large variety of the 25 B.C. public post-secondary institutions have been involved in the initial development and planning and will be involved in varying degrees moving forward. In addition, the project team also includes members from the BC Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT), BCcampus and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
In collaboration with the public post-secondary sector, the ministry is approaching the work in phases. The first phase involved merging EdPlanner and ApplyBC, redesigning the website and introducing improved planning materials to support student decision making. The resulting EducationPlannerBC was launched in June 2016.
The next phase of work will focus on further improving the EducationPlannerBC website, while the sector explores how best to introduce a consolidated application platform.