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ERIC Number: ED504931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Articulation Costing. Phase II
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Within the British Columbia post-secondary system, significant numbers of students transfer among colleges, institutes, universities and university colleges. These transfers may be handled individually student by student or through a set of articulation agreements administered and facilitated by the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT). Either way, the administration of transfers exacts costs on the institutions and BCCAT. This study was initiated by BCCAT to estimate the costs of the current articulation system in B.C. Phase I of the study was a pilot project completed in May 2002 in preparation for this more comprehensive analysis of the costs of articulation in British Columbia. The pilot project surveyed individuals involved in the articulation process to find out how much time and resources were dedicated to articulation. The results of the pilot suggested that there is considerable variation in the time commitment both across disciplines and institutions, and indeed even within disciplines and institutions. Time spent can vary year-to-year, depending on a number of factors. An extrapolation of sample results in such an environment would have been risky as the sample-to-sample variations in the pilot were high. The current study improves accuracy by reviewing more institutions, including those outside the Lower Mainland, and institutions of different sizes. The number of disciplines reviewed was also expanded, to ensure more comprehensive coverage of all program types. The selection of disciplines was coordinated with BCCAT staff who have experience of the various factors that impact the work load and effectiveness of the articulation process. It was noted in Phase I that major program changes have a significant impact on the system, and the level of impact can be unpredictable. Some analysis of the cause and impact of these changes is also provided as a tool to manage future changes. In the course of the study, several significant issues were brought to light. This study describes those issues and recommends future work to resolve these issues as well as further work to extend the analysis. Two appendixes are included: (1) Tables; and (2) Definitions. (Contains 14 footnotes and 8 tables.) [This report was prepared by J. Jarvis & Associates.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Identifiers - Location: Canada