BCCAT Updates for our Partners
November 2018


Diversity and Flexibility in the BC Transfer System

The 2018 JAM began with an opening address delivered by Hon. Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, who expressed her enthusiastic support for BCCAT and the great work of transfer and articulation in the province. Mr. Tony Loughran, Executive Lead, at the Ministry was also in attendance for the second year, and Elder Margaret George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation provided the welcome and opening prayer.

The keynote address was provided by Dr. Joel Heng Hartse, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, at Simon Fraser University. The presentation entitled “Beyond ESL: Support for Both Multilingual and International Students in BC Higher Education” considered current practices and future possibilities in supporting the large and diverse group of students for whom English is a second language, both to the rise in EAL students (international and domestic) in BC post-secondary classrooms, and to the need to make decisions about how to adapt admissions criteria in light of the K-12 curriculum reform in BC. 

The event brought together a capacity gathering of 160 attendees from across the province and beyond. All of the day’s presentations will be posted on the BCCAT JAM webpage.
Pictured above (left to right): Mr. Tony Loughran, Executive Lead, Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Trainiing, Elder Margaret George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Mr. Jim Hamilton, President, Okanagan College and Council Co-Chair, Hon. Melanie Mark, Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training and Dr. Rob Fleming, Executive Director, BC Council on Admissions and Transfer

Kathy Siedlazcek of BCIT gets puzzled while learning about student mobility research findings at 2018 JAM!


We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 BCCAT Transfer Awards:


* Dezene Huber *
Professor (Conservation Science and Practice, and Ecosystem Science Management),
University of Northern British Columbia

* Adrian Lipsett *
Program Manager, Creative and Applied Arts, Langara College


* Rick Chester & Norm Shaw *
(Joint Award)

Rick Chester: Faculty Member, Natural Resources and Engineering, BC Institute of Technology
Norm Shaw:  Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP), and former Instructor,
BC Institute of Technology.

These awards are conferred in recognition of individuals who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and dedication in support of the BC Transfer System. Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2018 BCCAT Transfer Awards. We value this opportunity to join with our post-secondary partners in acknowledging the outstanding achievements of your colleagues in support of transfer and articulation in BC!

Links for info:
About the BCCAT Transfer Awards
About the 2018 Award Winners

Pictured above (left to right): Dezene Huber, Adrian Lipsett, and Norm Shaw.
Photo Credit: Mikki Herbold

Admissions of Non-Graduates

The latest BCCAT report assesses institutional policies and practices of admissions of high school non-graduates, and identifies demographic and program characteristics of secondary school non-graduates at post-secondary institutions in BC. Read more.

New Pathways in Engineering
The Engineering Articulation Committee has just finalized a report outlining a framework for implementing learning outcomes for a first year, core curriculum for Engineering programs in the BC post-secondary system. BC's articulation committees continue to forge new transfer pathways for BC students!  The report is available here.

Learning Modernization Forum

The Ministries of Education and Advanced Education, Skills and Training, along with the Senior Academic Administrators Forum, the BC Registrars Association and the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer, held the BC Graduation Program Forum – the Post-Secondary Context on Nov 6, 2018. With participation across the post-secondary and K-12 sectors, the forum provided an opportunity for discussion and information sharing on post-secondary alignment with the BC Graduation program as well as dual credit. Read more about BC's new curriculum.

BCCAT Staff Changes

After a couple of years of providing operational leadership as Director for EducationPlannerBC during its integration and developmental period, Mike Winsemann has returned to BCCAT full time. The EducationPlannerBC Steering Committee and BCCAT are thankful to Mike for his expertise and commitment to the initiative.

In addition, Meg Stainsby has returned to Douglas College in the role of Special Projects Officer, reporting to the President. Council and staff are thankful to Meg for her many contributions and commitment to the BC Transfer System over the past year.

As Director, Transfer and Technology, Mike will integrate the technology and transfer portfolios, providing leadership on several significant initiatives relating to the Transfer Credit System (TCS) and credit transfer practice that BCCAT anticipates advancing within BC and beyond.



We will be participating at upcoming Education and Career Fairs (ECF):
  • Surrey: November 28
  • Kelowna: November 30
  • Abbotsford: December 3
  • Nanaimo: December 5
  • Vancouver: December 7
These fairs present a valuable opportunity to connect with students, counsellors, and many others to raise awareness about transfer in BC and the planning resources available at Look out for our booth - come by and say hi!
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