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Credit Transfer and Student Mobility
in the BC Transfer System:
Principles, Research, and Practice
Provincial Councils Panel
Moncton, New Brunswick
October 20-21, 2014
Dr. Rob Fleming
Executive Director & Co-Chair
BC Transfer System: Enabling Features
 25
years of Council as an “arms-length” agency
 25
BC public, 2 out of province, 11 private institution members
 All
send and receive credits through BCCAT’s Transfer Credit
Evaluation System
 67
 In
province-wide articulation committees
2012-13 56,000+ students moved between BC public institutions
 100s
of thousands of credits recognized annually
• 100,000+ course, 900+ block, 50+ dual
admission agreements and IB/AP Pathways
• Articulation Information Centre
• Automated online service
• 2,100+ BC Transfer System institution programs
• Student advising and career resources
• Pathways planning tools
General Principles and Perspective
Treat transfer students the same as direct entry students
Transfer principles, membership, grades, admissions
Collaborate with peers (faculty, staff, administrators) across autonomous
institutions and sectors to facilitate credit transfer articulation
Articulation committees and transfer credit evaluation system (TCES)
Provide public, guaranteed information and practices on credit transfer
BCTransferGuide.ca, EducationPlanner.ca and institutional websites
Conduct ongoing research on transfer credit practices and student success
Research program, system collaboration, and reciprocal accountability
BC Transfer System Research
Student Performance Reports
Transfer Satisfaction and Success
Admissions and Transfer Practices
Student Transitions Project (STP)
“It seems unlikely . . . that another entity would have the credibility that BCCAT
has enjoyed with the institutions. . . . It seems safe to conclude that . . . the issues
. . . would not have been addressed had the Council not existed.”
Waterhouse, An Assessment of BCCAT Research
BC Research on Transfer Students
 BC transfer students . . . are just as successful at university as are direct
entrants, and have the grades to prove it
Lambert-Maberly (2009), BC College Transfer Students Admitted to UBC
 . . . transfer students are able to graduate with approximately the same
number of credits as secondary school students. . . .
Pendleton (2011), Credits to Graduation
•94% of respondents were successful in transferring
some of their credits.
•73% received all or most credit completed.
at least
BC Trends in Student Mobility
Annual Volume of Student Mobility
Across in Public PSI Sectors
Annual Rates and Volume of
Student Mobility in Public PSI’s
Source: Student Transitions Project
BCCAT: Some Priorities
Transfer and Mobility Research
International Student Survey
Transfer Credit Volume Data
Performance Reports
Admissions Pathways from HS
Academic Credit
Learner Pathways and Quality Assurance
Credential Guidelines
Academic Advising
Inter-provincial Transfer and Credential Recognition
Learning Outcomes, Dual Credit, Experiential Learning
“British Columbia has taken the California model and developed it into . . . possibly the
most extensive credit accumulation and transfer arrangement in the world.”
Bekhradnia, Higher Education Policy Institute, UK