BCCAT Updates for our Partners
February 2019

(Photo Credit: Jennifer Oehler)


*Meet Martin Gerson*
(Vice-President Academic and Provost Emeritus, Langara College)

Martin Gerson has supported transfer and articulation in BC throughout his post-secondary career. His first encounters with the BC Transfer System came about in the 1970s when he heard about a mathematics "articulation" meeting where credit transfer arrangements were explored and established. Then, as a young teacher at Langara College, he discovered that students were referring to a "transfer guide" (document) to plan transfer routes from Langara to UBC and SFU.

Martin became an active supporter of articulation in BC, spending over 20 years working in association with BCCAT, first as a member of BC's mathematics articulation committee (known as "BCCUPMS", or the "BC Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics and Statistics"), and later as a "system liaison person" for the Computer Science and Criminology articulation committees. He served as member (2004-2006) and chair (2006-12) of BCCAT's Transfer & Articulation Committee, and as a member of the Council (2006-2012).

Martin remarks "I spent most of my career at Langara College, where two-thirds of our students are in university-transfer programs. These students rely completely on the BC Transfer System and information provided by BCCAT through to plan their transfer pathways." He continues to contribute as an advocate for transfer and mobility for BC's post-secondary students. Martin shares his story in this one-pager.
"The transfer system gives students enormous flexibility to move among institutions.
This can be particularly important for students whose working or family lives may require them to move."

"I have often said that it is the operations of BCCAT that make the BC post-secondary system a system and not merely a collection of individual and varied institutions."

Martin is pictured above with Finola Finlay, BCCAT Associate Director of Transfer and Articulation
(1996-2010) and Frank Koop in Dublin, Ireland, 2009.

The BC Council on Admissions and Transfer was established as a result of a recommendation arising from a provincial report eventually referred to as the "Access for All" report. The Council's mandate stipulated that it should facilitate transfer and articulation in BC, functioning as a formal agency but without legislative authority.

In College to University: An Analysis of Transfer Credit Policy and Practice, a report that was published around this time, John Dennison (then Professor of Higher Education at UBC) noted, "Time will tell if this proposed body will earn the support of the institutions and provide a forum for improved articulation."


BCCAT research examines key questions about student access, mobility, and success to help inform policies and processes strengthening support for students. See below for information regarding two recently completed research projects. For more information about BCCAT's research agenda, check out our website.
The Growth of Post-Degree
Programs in BC

This report presents the results of an environmental scan of post-baccalaureate programs offered in BC. It identifies commonalities in the range of programming, analyzes trends in program and student characteristics, and identifies related factors that influence student transfer and mobility.

Understanding Advanced Placement
Grading in BC

This report looks at secondary and post-secondary practices for grading Advanced Placement (AP) courses in BC and suggests appropriate equivalencies across AP grading.

PCCAT 2019 - Call for Proposals

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The Pan-Canadian Consortium on Admissions and Transfer (PCCAT) has issued a Call for Proposals for the 2019 conference to be held in Regina on June 20-21, 2019. This annual gathering allows individuals and organizations to share and connect with a view to improving student mobility within and across provincial borders. Post-secondary, governments and transfer agency representatives look at related research, new initiatives and developments, and share best transfer credit practices. Click here for details.
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