BCCAT Updates for our Partners
September 2019

Celebrating 30 Years of Collaboration
at the 2019 JAM Event!

Due to a labour dispute at the Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel,
this event will now be held at the SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue

(580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver).
(Please note that the entrance to the Wosk Centre is off Seymour Street
beside the Delta Suites Hotel.)

The 2019 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) is just around the corner - Friday, November 1, 2019! Details are available on the website. Registration is still open and updated hotel reservation information is coming soon. The special 30th anniversary program will be made available shortly. We're looking forward to meeting with transfer system partners to connect, share, and celebrate 30 years of working together in support of student transfer and mobility in BC!

NOTE: For those who have already booked hotel rooms at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, you will receive a cancellation notice. Please be assured that we will be redirecting you to the Delta Suites Hotel as soon as we have their room rates confirmed. Thank you for your patience as we transition to this new venue!

BCCAT Website Under Construction is currently undergoing a major redesign. The new, improved site will feature a fresh, new look and enhanced search functionality. The redesign work has resulted in some delays for content updates (e.g. articulation committee meeting dates).  We would ask for patience as the process unfolds, and we look forward to unveiling the new site in the months ahead!
Steve Cardwell Returns to the Council

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Cardwell (Assistant Vice-President, Academic at Kwantlen Polytechnic University) to the Council. Steve is a familiar face at BCCAT, having served on the Council from 2011-2015 in his role as Superintendent and CEO of the Vancouver School District. Welcome back Steve! We very much look forward to working with you once again.

Resources for Student Services

If you are a student, teacher, advisor, parent, or work in student services - we have resources for you! These are all designed to introduce students and others to the BC Transfer Guide and transfer options in the BC Transfer System. We invite you to view/download/print these materials:
  • "Find Your Path" Student Viewbook
  • "Find Your Path" Presentation Slides
  • Postcards
  • Bookmarks
We also appreciate opportunities to get out and about to Education and Career Fairs and other student-focused post-secondary events, so let us know if your institution is organizing something. We're a small team, but we promise that we'll do our best to connect as and when we are able!
Welcome Alena and Anabella!

We are delighted to welcome Alena Goncharova and Anabella Chun to the BCCAT team. Alena is serving as our resident Co-op student, assisting with research projects, and Anabella is helping out with the redesign of the BCCAT website. Both are welcome additions to the BCCAT staff team, and we thank them both for lightening our load this year.
DID YOU KNOW ...about BC's 
"Principles and Guidelines for Transfer"?
In 1974, the Post-Secondary Articulation Coordinating Committee was formed, tasked with overseeing transfer and articulation in BC. Throughout its existence (1974-1989), it functioned as the agency responsible for coordinating and supporting BC's articulation committees. In 1976, the committee developed the first set of "Principles and Guidelines for Transfer" setting out a foundational understanding and a solid basis for transfer dialogue and negotiation across institutions. These were officially adopted by all college councils and university senates. 

In 1989, BCCAT was established as a result of a recommendation arising from the Access for All report, and so took over the roles and responsibilities of the committee. Minor revisions were made to the policy document in 1992. More recently, in 2010, BCCAT consulted with BC Transfer System partners to undertake the first comprehensive rewrite of the document since 1976. That document remains in effect today.

The Principles and Guidelines (in summary):
  1. Students can earn transfer credit for equivalent learning and can apply that credit to fulfill credential requirements.
  2. Students can expect to be treated equitably by all member institutions.
  3. All members acknowledge and respect the primary jurisdiction of each institution for transfer policy and academic integrity.
  4. Transfer agreements are based on rigorous articulation processes and transparent communication.
  5. Evaluation of the BC Transfer System is focused on assessing its effectiveness for students.
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