As teacher job action continues throughout B.C., Grade 12 students are self-reporting their marks to gain early admission into the University of the Fraser Valley.
“Basically, it’s business as usual here,” UFV associate registrar Elaine Harris said, adding the school has been using a self-reporting system for a number of years. “We don’t anticipate that the lack of report cards (due teacher job action) should be an issue.”
Simon Fraser University is also accepting self-reported grades, however the University of British Columbia announced March 14 it would also consider Grade 11 marks with regards to early admissions.
UFV’s self-reporting system applies only to conditional offers of acceptance. When it comes to final admissions, Harris said the university will rely on final grades. She said the Ministry of Education is expected to submit these marks by May.
In the meantime, the UFV admissions office has been giving students tips on how to estimate their grades without official report cards.
Students can review their marks on tests and assignments as well as check with administrators, according to Harris.
But she said if students receive early acceptance based on inflated self-reported grades, they will be removed from their programs in the event they no longer qualify.
Furthermore, high school students from out of province must submit official transcripts since UFV’s self-reported system is only available to British Columbians.
“We don’t anticipate that the B.C. students (will) be disadvantaged,” Harris said. “We think our system will still work fine despite this labour disruption.”