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ERIC Number: ED505056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Moving from Case-by-Case Transfer to Formal Articulation: Assessing the Business Case. Research Results
Finlay, Finola; Box, Dale
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Over the last couple of years, the British Columbia (BC) Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) has undertaken a review of the BC Transfer System. Preliminary findings indicate that the current structure of the BC Transfer Guide, which designates institutions as either sending institutions or receiving institutions based upon their historic primary roles, may no longer fit a transfer environment in which students increasingly move in multiple directions and in which institutions traditionally perceived as primarily sending institutions aim to attract transfer students to their new degree programs. A recent BCCAT policy has enabled any sending institution to add the receiving institution designation to its listing in the BC Transfer Guide. Since currently twenty-five sending institutions can submit courses for transfer credit, each new addition of a receiving institution creates the potential of thousands of additional formal articulation agreements. It is vital, therefore, that each new institution seeking designation as a receiving institution examines the business case for its request. Assessing the business case ensures that course articulations will not proliferate unless there is evidence that student traffic warrants the considerable expenditure of resources to establish and maintain them. Examining which courses are carried by students as they move from one institution to another and to which institution(s) courses are flowing is one approach that provides potential new receiving institutions with valuable information to assess whether or where to commit resources to expand formal articulation. A recent study, commissioned by BCCAT, profiled the flow of students among BC colleges, university colleges, and institutes (referred to here as Central Data Warehouse--CDW institutions) based on courses they took in calendar years 2004 to 2006 and subsequently carried to another institution. Universities were not included in the study, since universities are already receiving institutions in the BC Transfer Guide. This study provides evidence that there may be a good argument for moving selected courses at some institutions from a case-by-case basis of transfer to an articulation basis for transfer formally recorded in the BC Transfer Guide, and thus to expand the number of receiving institutions. Most institutions, however, may wish to continue to assess requests for transfer credit on a case-by-case basis until such time as the volume of course flow makes becoming a receiving institution a cost-effective approach. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Identifiers - Location: Canada