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ERIC Number: ED554019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
Transfer Credit Assessment: A Survey of Institutional Practices
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Assessing credits that transfer students bring to an institution may require a significant amount of institutional resources. The increased mobility of students among post-secondary institutions in British Columbia (BC), and the need to ensure efficient admission processes for both the student and the institution, makes transfer credit assessment an important subject for the province's post-secondary system. The purpose of this project is to review institutional policies and practices of transfer credit assessment, and to identify issues and effectiveness of the assessment process. This study investigates policies and practices of transfer credit assessment at postsecondary institutions (PSI's) in BC and at key institutions across the country, specifically focusing on any issues and the timing of transfer credit assessment. Overall, BC colleges show a tendency to do the assessment once an applicant commits to the institution, and larger BC institutions tend to assess transfer credit during admissions, before an applicant becomes a registrant. Opinions expressed by BC admissions and registrarial professionals suggest that early transfer credit assessment is positively linked with applicant conversion, providing value to both the institution and the applicant. The following are appended: (1) Excerpts of Institutional Policies on the Timing of Transfer Credit Assessment; and (2) The Questionnaire. [This report was prepared for BCCAT by I. S. Educational Consulting Inc.]
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 - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) (Canada)
Identifiers - Location: Canada