Special 30th anniversary edition
June 2019

BCCAT and the BC Transfer System,
30 Years On

This year BCCAT celebrates its 30th anniversary. In 1989 BCCAT was established to facilitate post-secondary transfer and articulation in BC. Today, 30 years later, the BC Transfer System functions as a highly complex, inter-connected post-secondary ecosystem sustained and advanced by a thriving transfer network. This year's Annual Review takes a look at recent achievements and developments in light of foundational principles that have guided the work of BCCAT and the evolution of BC's transfer community over the years.

We at BCCAT look forward to continuing collaboration with system partners over the next 30 years and beyond. Thank you for your support, and Happy Birthday!

Moving Forward
With Flexible Pre-Majors in BC

Flexible Pre-Majors (FPMs) have been part of the BC Transfer System since the early 2000s, but recent research commissioned by BCCAT has identified challenges with their visibility and functionality.

The report "Moving Forward With Flexible Pre-Majors in the BC Transfer System" analyzes the current state of the seven FPM agreements, and makes recommendations to support the six articulation committees with existing FPMs in addressing the future of these agreements.


* Meet Frank Gelin *

Frank Gelin: BCCAT Executive Director and Council Co-Chair, 1993-2010;
Executive Director Emeritus, 2010-present.

Frank Gelin first encountered the world of credit transfer early on. As a young college student, he was able to reach his own educational goals through the benefit of a university transfer pathway. Over time he became a dedicated advocate of post-secondary access enabled through transfer and mobility and this became the focus of his career when he eventually took up the role of Executive Director of BCCAT.

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

Pictured Above: Frank with his colleague Alistair McVey at the College of New Caledonia, assisting with registration in 1969, when CNC first opened.
"Our collective success has resulted in a system that greatly facilitates access and credential completion opportunities for students across the province. And this has been achieved with unanimous support of our post-secondary institutions which, although governed autonomously, act as an integrated system facilitating admissions and transfer.

From both a national as well as international educational policy perspective this has been and continues to be a remarkable achievement."

2019 BCCAT Transfer Awards

Celebrating BC's Transfer Champions
**NEW DEADLINE: WED., JULY 31, 2019**

Don't miss out! 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.

BCCAT is issuing a Call For Proposals for the following projects:
  • Contemporary Issues in Student Mobility
    Deadline: September 30, 2019

  • Block Transfer and Degree Partnership Pathways
    Deadline: July 15, 2019

  • Competency-Based Credentials in Admissions
    Deadline: July 15, 2019

  • Micro-credentials: Trends in Credit Transfer and Credentialing
    Deadline: July 15, 2019

  • Surveying Data Governance Policy Models
    Deadline: July 15, 2019


When BCCAT was established, it took up the work previously undertaken by the BC Post-Secondary Articulation Coordinating Committee. That committee was originally formed in 1974, tasked with overseeing articulation and transfer in the BC post-secondary system.

It was this committee that formulated the original "Principles and Guidelines for Transfer" (see the most recent version here) which called for the creation of province-wide discipline-specific articulation committees.

Today there are 66 articulation committees, and together they function as the "grass roots" of the BC Transfer System. Each year approximately 1,500 individuals from all post-secondary sectors and disciplines meet across the province to facilitate student access, transfer and mobility in BC. Since 2005, we have seen a 63% increase in attendance, indicating a stronger engagement and focus of the articulation community as a whole.

For more information regarding BC's articulation committees, see "Articulation Committees in the BC Transfer System".

Another Productive
"Articulation Season"!

(Don't Stop Believin')

The start of the summer marks the end of yet another successful "articulation season". BCCAT staff members appreciated the opportunity to connect with several committees this year, and to hear key issues of discussion across institutions.

These meetings are vital for addressing core curricular and transfer issues and developments. And sometimes they can be fun and engaging too! (We've heard rumours about the lively wrap-up of the the Adult Special Education articulation committee meeting, where members apparently joined in with a rousing sign-language/karaoke rendition of "Don't Stop Believin"!)

We look forward to seeing articulation chairs and others at JAM in the fall, as we all continue the important work of supporting student pathways in BC. 

Pictured above: Ruth Erskine (BCCAT Committee Coordinator) with members of the Adult Special Education Articulation Committee. 

Sky's the Limit!

The 2019 PCCAT conference brought together transfer and admissions professionals across the country. Highlights of the event included the keynote and a roundtable on international credentials, engaging break-out sessions on relevant topics, an exciting unveiling of the UBC-BCCAT pilot project, discussions on the PCCAT Strategic Plan, and great food and collegiality. Cheers to another successful conference, PCCAT!
Pictured above (left to right):
  • Joanne Duklas - Executive Lead, ARUCC Groningen and Student Mobility Project;
  • Michael Ringuette (PCCAT Conference Keynote Speaker) - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) at the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC);
  • Rob Fleming - Executive Director and Co-Chair, BCCAT.
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