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The Accessibility Services’ model of student empowerment can be a major adjustment for students. Students still need the support of parents and other family members, but it is critical to their continued development that they to begin managing their lives themselves. Therefore, in the best interests of students, parental involvement needs to take place within the boundaries set by the BCIT Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Policy [PDF].

Differences from secondary school

Students entering BCIT who have not attended other post-secondary institutions will discover some distinct differences from secondary school. Some of these are:

  • A full-time work load at BCIT is very demanding and usually consists of six to eight rigorous courses per semester
  • Instruction is often lecture-style
  • There is a significant lab component to some courses
  • Many assignments are completed as group projects, where team skills are developed in preparation for employment
  • There is less contact and supervision with instructors and less individual feedback
  • Students need to be able to use the library effectively
  • There are more students in some classes than in secondary schools
  • Student progress may not be monitored as closely by instructors as in secondary school
  • Grades are often based on only two or three test scores
  • Attendance is critical to success