BCCAT’s admissions mandate is focussed on providing assurance to students that they can have a reasonable level of confidence that they will be able to move between institutions to complete their educational goals, and receive transfer credit sufficient to meet their needs.
The admissions work of BCCAT is overseen by its Admissions committee, which meets twice a year to plan and oversee projects. (Please refer to its Terms of Reference.) The mandate of the Committee is to provide expert advice to BCCAT and examine issues pertaining to capacity, demand, and student mobility and recommend policies and practices that facilitate the admission process for students entering directly from high school and transfer students within the BC post-secondary system.
Much of BCCAT work in admissions has been the development of a systematic approach to data collection and reporting on student mobility. BCCAT works closely with the Student Transitions Project (STP), a collaborative effort between the Ministries of Education and Advanced Education and Labour Market Development and BC public post-secondary institutions to link data about students in the K-12 and post-secondary systems to answer important questions on student transitions. STP reports can be found at aved.gov.bc.ca/student_transitions/.
BCCAT sponsors a number of independent research projects in the area of admissions and student mobility, including annual studies on the movement of transfer students into research universities. Longitudinal data of this nature allows for the establishment of trends over time and can be used by institutions for enrolment planning purposes. (See the Research & Publications section of the BCCAT site for more information on research reports.)
BCCAT also provides admissions information of a general nature to students, both for high school direct entry and transfer students. For specific admissions information on programs at post-secondary institutions across the province, visit Education Planner, a resource managed by BCCAT.