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ERIC Number: ED504940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 83
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
2005-06 Annual Report to the Ministry of Advanced Education
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
On March 8, 2005, the Ministry of Advanced Education sent British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer, (BCCAT) a management letter setting out the expectations of the Ministry of Advanced Education for the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer in 2005-06. This Annual Report is presented to specify how BCCAT has addressed those expectations and to provide information regarding other projects and initiatives have undertaken to achieve that mandate. This past year has seen the implementation of structural changes to the BC post-secondary system that were initiated in 2004-05. Nineteen of twenty-six public post-secondary institutions now have authority to offer undergraduate degrees. In addition, three new private post-secondary institutions offer undergraduate degrees formally authorized through the Degree Quality Assessment Board process and are included in the BC Transfer System. All of these changes have raised profound questions about the increasing complexity of the BC Transfer System and the management of the BC Transfer Guide database. Consequently, the first phase of a comprehensive consultation process to examine how best to manage the future of the BC Transfer System, was launched and this process will continue through 2006-07. Throughout 2005-06, the Council continued to gain the support of all public institutions to share registrant and applicant data for research purposes. Such research enhances understanding of student mobility and applicant flows into and among the institutions and can assist individual institutions with enrollment planning. Preliminary feedback from the system on this collaborative approach to data collection and integration has been very positive. The Council has also been providing a leadership role in addressing some problems experienced by students who have undergraduate degrees from Colleges and Institutes and are not being considered for admission to graduate or professional schools in a few universities in Ontario. This matter will no doubt continue to occupy considerable time over the next year as BCCAT attempts to facilitate a resolution to this issue. Substantial changes were made to the BC Transfer Guide and Education Planner websites this year, and a communications strategy was developed to ensure that these valuable resources are known and well utilized by students. There appears to be strong backing for the structure of the Council and its approach to executing its mandate and, in particular, that it does so without any legislative or regulatory authority. Emphasis on inter-institutional collaboration continues to prove to be a viable model as evidenced by the ongoing success in promoting and advancing admissions and transfer for BC's post-secondary students. BCCAT remains encouraged by the level of support from all sectors throughout the BC post-secondary system, and by the constructive and facilitative relationship the Council shares with the Ministry. The following are appended: (1) BCCAT Publications & Resources- April 1, 2005-March 31, 2006; (2) BCCAT Information Sharing Agreement; (3) Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) Criteria Review: BCCAT Response; and (4) Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) Report-Fall 2005. (Contains 9 footnotes.) [To view the 2004-2005 report, please see ED504939.]
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer. 709 - 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3H6 Canada. Tel: 604-412-7700; Fax: 604-683-0576; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Identifiers - Location: Canada