BCCAT Updates for our Partners
May 2019

Your guide through BC's post-secondary transfer system

We invite you to check out this viewbook designed for students, advisors, and others navigating BC's post-secondary transfer system. This resource was developed (incorporating content about and to provide information for the full post-secondary journey, from exploration through to application and transfer.

The guide is available online, and copies may be provided on request. Feel free to take a look and let us know what you think!

TCS Suite Showcase: June 11, 2019

The Transfer Credit System (TCS) holds the potential to aggregate all institutional transfer credit tables as an expanded and centralized workflow for processing Canadian and international transfer agreements. This month, UBC launched a public-facing web service that pulls and displays all their transfer credit articulation agreements from the TCS, including non-BC courses. The new UBC transfer tool allows prospective domestic and international students, as well as their advisors, to search for transfer equivalencies from within Canada and around the world, to apply transfer credit towards studies at both UBC campuses.

BCCAT is now offering this service to all BC Transfer System members, so you are invited to join us for the TCS Suite Showcase on June 11 from 10 am - 12 pm at the BCIT downtown campus to learn more about how your institution can benefit from these services.

Participants are welcome to participate either in-person, or online via video conference. To register, click here, using the code: TCS Suite.

If you have any questions about the TCS Suite project or the Showcase, feel free to contact Jennifer Kook at or Mike Winsemann at


* Meet Finola Finlay *

Finola Finlay first encountered the BC Transfer System in her role as an Instructor (and later as a Campus Principal) at Northern Lights College (NLC) in the 1970s. When she later became part of the BCCAT staff team, she grew to be a dedicated advocate for communication and understanding as vital for building an effective articulation community.

Finola grew up in Ireland where post-secondary educational pathways followed a "conveyor belt" model offering little, if any, flexibility for students. When she was introduced to the BC Transfer System as an instructor at NLC, she confesses that it was a "revelation" for her:

"NLC is located at the far corner of the province; a considerable distance from what were then the only three public universities (and hence degree-granting institutions). Despite this, my students could take the credits they earned in my class and count them towards a degree at one of those universities."

Finola understood immediately the importance of offering courses and programs that met a standard equivalent to those offered by universities. She also recognized the immense value of constructive dialogue between instructors for building the trust required for forging articulation agreements, and so enabling credit transfer.

Years later, when Finola stepped into the role of Associate Director, Transfer & Articulation, she focused on providing tools and resource for instructors, professors, counsellors, and administrators to assist with the facilitation of student transitions between institutions. Key resources, such as the How to Articulate handbook and the Articulation Comittee Companion, were developed with this in mind.

Finola was also involved in a number of projects and activities that served to expand and strengthen transfer and articulation in BC during her time with BCCAT. To this day, she remains an advocate of the BC Transfer System, and a true "Friend of BCCAT".

Click here to find out more about Finola's story.
Meet all of the "Friends of BCCAT" by checking out their stories on the BCCAT website.

Pictured Above: Finola Finlay exploring County Cork, Ireland with her husband, Robert Harris.
"I look back now on the BC Transfer System as hugely empowering to students and I am proud to have been part of its success. I believe it is a model for the world."

"All of us (at BCCAT) were animated by the same basic desire - to provide the students of BC with the flexibility they needed to complete their education."

2019 BCCAT Transfer Awards

Celebrating BC's Transfer Champions

This is YOUR chance to nominate someone for a BCCAT Transfer Award!  These awards are designed to celebrate the distinctive, exemplary qualities demonstrated by individuals who work to improve student access and mobility in BC. For more information, click here.



The BC Transfer System has changed considerably since BCCAT was first established. Specifically, changes in provincial policy have resulted in an increased differentiation of institutions, and fresh opportunities to grant degrees and participate within the transfer system.

To date, over 200 new Bachelor's Degree programs have been approved provincially. As a result, BC's students benefit from increased flexibility and a wide range of program offerings for their educational pursuits.

See the charts below for a look at the overall changes to the system.
(NOTE: PSI's = post-secondary institutions.)

2019 PCCAT Conference

The 2019 conference of the Pan-Canadian Consortium on Admissions and Transfer is just around the corner!  This year, it will be held on June 20-21st in Regina, Saskatchewan. The theme will be "Sky's the Limit: The Future of Student Pathways." Click here for more details, including a look at the agenda and access for registration.
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