BCCAT Updates for our Partners
November 2019

BCCAT Celebrates 30 Years
at JAM 2019!

This year, BCCAT and post-secondary partners gathered together at the 11th Annual Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) to share and connect, and to celebrate 30 years of working together with BC's transfer ecosystem in support of student mobility.

The event brought together BC post-secondary faculty and administrators, and transfer partners from other Canadian jurisdictions. Elder Margaret George of the Tseil-Waututh Nation started the day with a welcome and opening prayer. Jim Hamilton (BCCAT Council Co-Chair and President, Okanagan College) delivered a message from the Hon. Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The keynote speaker, Diane Biin (Indigenization Coordinator, Camosun College) spoke about "Indigenizing Curriculum in the Post-Secondary System", generating lively and productive discussion.

The 30th anniversary celebrations culminated with the debut of a short commemorative video, a "BCCAT Retrospective" panel, and, of course, plenty of cake! The JAM program and presentations are available on the BCCAT website.
PICTURED ABOVE: TOP LEFT: Jim Hamilton ( President, Okanagan College & BCCAT Co-Chair) and Frank Gelin (BCCAT Executive Director Emeritus) cut the celebratory cake. TOP RIGHT: Jennifer Kook (BCCAT Technology Services Manager) asks a question. MIDDLE LEFT: (L to R) Kathleen Haggith (Dean, Health & Human Services, North Island College-NIC), Diane Naugler (Dean of Business and Applied Studies, NIC, and 2019 JAM Emcee), Diana Fearn (Evaluations/Student Records, Student Services, NIC), Lori Tulloch (Dept. Chair & Instructor, Early Childhood Care Education, NIC), Jen Wrye (Instructor, Humanities & Social Sciences, NIC). BOTTOM: (L to R) Mike Winsemann (Director of Transfer & Technology, BCCAT), Yvette Munro (Executive Director, ONCAT), Andrew Wilson (Director of Transfer & Technology, ONCAT), Robert Fleming (Executive Director & Co-Chair, BCCAT), Ruth Blades (Operations Manager, NSCAT), Robert Adamoski (Director of Admissions & Research, BCCAT).

BCCAT and the BC Transfer System

30 Years of Expanding Student Pathways


We invited post-secondary partners and students to share their thoughts about BCCAT, the BC Transfer System,, and more. Thirty years on, as BC's post-secondary system has evolved, increasing educational access and pathways, the transfer community has continued to grow ever stronger. Thanks to each and every one of our transfer system partners for all you have done and continue to do to expand student pathways and strengthen this remarkable network in support of students.  

2019 BCCAT Transfer Awards

Congratulations to the joint winners of the BCCAT Leadership Award:

Debbie Lin
Manager, Transfer Credit, Undergraduate Admissions, UBC Enrolment Services

UBC's Student Communications Services Team*
This award was conferred in recognition of the vision, leadership, and collaboration these individuals demonstrated throughout the development of UBC's Transfer Credit Search Tool. See the BCCAT website for more information about these awardees and the BCCAT Transfer Awards.
"When Debbie Lin assumed the role of Manager, Transfer Credit in early 2018, she made the development of the UBC Transfer Credit Search Tool her priority. The final online search tool is the result of and exemplifies true collaboration between Debbie, UBC Student Communications Services, BCCAT, and numerous stakeholders across both UBC campuses."
- Sam Saini, Associate Registrar, Undergraduate Admissions and Student Recruitment & Advising, UBC Enrolment Services.
*UBC Student Communications Services Team Members: Patricia (Pat) Siggers, Project Lead; Jonathan (Jon) Tsang, Project Lead; Andy Chipperfield, User Experience Designer; Defne Corbacioglu, Communications Designer; Ariel Lee, User Experience Coordinator; Anna Wang, Web Developer; Connie Yeh, Web Developer

Pictured above (L to R): Pat Siggers, Debbie Lin, and Jon Tsang.

Expanding the Transfer Credit System

Last spring, UBC's internal transfer agreements were imported into the Transfer Credit System (TCS), significantly expanding the availability of inter-provincial and international transfer information for students. Since then, BCCAT has been working with other institutions, further expanding the TCS. To date, Douglas College and the University of Northern BC have both on-boarded, and work with Okanagan College is underway.

When completed, we will have added over 75,000 new equivalencies from 500+ schools and 35+ different countries. In addition, as a result, nearly 18,000 new transfer agreements with other BC Transfer System institutions  (previously unpublished to the BC Transfer Guide) will be added to the TCS.

The process has proceeded considerably more quickly than we had anticipated. BCCAT undertakes most of the work, seeking to make the process as simple and accessible as possible for institutions. (Typically, the responsibilities of post-secondary institutions focus on providing BCCAT with an initial data dump and verification of data to be imported.) 

In broad terms, the goals of the "TCS Suite" project are to:
  • Provide institutions a common workflow for all articulation activities, within BC and outside;
  • Provide access to other institutions on articulation decisions made outside of BC, to share and leverage knowledge;
  • Eventually, publish the data in the BC Transfer Guide to establish BC as the destination for transfer students from around the world;
  • Optional: Provide institutions access to BCCAT API’s which allows for the establishment of your own transfer credit website (such as UBC's Transfer Credit Search Tool).

Meet Darran Fernandez - Friend of BCCAT!

We're delighted to introduce you to Darran Fernandez. Darran served as a BCCAT Council member from 2016 to 2019, bringing valuable experience from his role as UBC's Associate Registrar & Director, Student Support & Advising (2012 to 2019). Earlier this year, he returned to Ontario where he now holds the position of University Registrar at York University.

Darran shared with us his initial impressions of the BC Transfer System (when he moved to BC from Ontario in 2008), and offered his perspective on the value of transfer for students, the strengths of the transfer system, and new and emerging priorities we face going forward. Check out Darran's story here!

"Transfer pathways allow students to be who they want to be, where they want to be, and what they want to be."
"Since moving to Ontario, I've hailed the BC Transfer System as a model for transparency, student-centredness, and collaboration. Institutions that provide a learner-centric approach to mobility with their provincial governmental partners."
Block Transfer Agreements:
Implementing and Communicating BTAs
at BC Transfer System Institutions

Block transfer agreements are an important part of the BC Transfer System, but there are inconsistencies in the identification and communication of these agreements, particularly when the agreements are implemented or updated.

Using data from a survey of BC Transfer System member institutions, this report reviews institutional practices around implementing, maintaining, and communicating block transfer agreements (and in tracking students’ use of block transfer agreements), and offers recommendations for improving those functions. Click here to view/download the report.

--- Survey of Mobile Students ---

COMING SOON: With the help of BC’s post-secondary institutions and BC Stats, BCCAT surveyed over 4,500 students who moved between BC public post-secondary institutions. The survey was conducted from February to June, 2019. Customized reports have been produced for all BC public post-secondary institutions, summarizing the responses of students moving to, and from the institution. These will be available to Institutional Research and Planning offices at each institution in late November, 2019.

NEXT YEAR: Look out for the system-level Survey of Mobile Students report, due for publication in 2020!
How much do YOU know about BCCAT and the BC Transfer System?
We invite you to:

1. Try out our "30th Anniversary Trivia Quiz"
2. Check the answers here!
Web Developments has seen dramatic changes over the years, as we have sought to improve the useability of the site for students. Currently, it is undergoing minor enhancements with a view to moving ahead with more substantial improvements in 2020-2021. is 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!
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