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ERIC Number: ED505118
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Recalibrating the BC Transfer System: Findings from the Consultation. Special Report, June 2007
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
In November 2005, the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer launched a consultation, Recalibrating the BC Transfer System, motivated by significant changes in the BC post-secondary system over the last decade and concern that these changes had not resulted in concomitant adjustments in the structure of the BC Transfer System or the BC Transfer Guide. Besides gathering feedback on adaptations to current conditions, we also wanted advice on how best to position the BC Transfer System for the challenges and opportunities the next decade will bring. We chose the word "recalibration" to convey the sense of a system in need of adjustments to ensure continuing functionality within an ever-changing environment. This discussion paper identified the following issues: (1) The organization of the BC Transfer Guide still follows traditional lines, designating colleges as sending institutions and universities as receiving institutions; (2) Many students are moving between institutions and programs in ways that do not mirror these traditional patterns. Little information is available to help them plan; (3) Private and some out-of-province institutions serve many students in BC yet there are few bridges to transfer; (4) Transfer in traditional academic disciplines can still be challenging because of diverging requirements for the pre-major; and (5) Little information exists to guide students transferring in many career and vocational programs. The diversity of advice received creates some dilemmas regarding how best to advance in some areas. What we see is a system that is open to change, but only where it can be assured that this change will progress in a careful and balanced manner, and will not jeopardize either institutional resources or the standards and quality-checking mechanisms that underlie and support the transfer system. To sum up, participants maintained that expansion of the system must be undertaken with the utmost care but move forward we must. Ultimately, our goal must be to achieve what is most helpful for students, both inside and outside the BC Transfer System. Making progress towards that goal, while respecting institutional autonomy and resource constraints, and being mindful of the demographic social and economic context for the BC post-secondary system in the next 10 to 20 years, will require strategic and careful planning.
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