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Articulation Committees: What makes them work?

The BC Transfer System owes much of its successes to the strengths of BC’s articulation committees. These committees play a vital role in the system, providing an environment for frank discussion on issues of concern or interest, building trust, and resolving conflicts. It is through these efforts that transfer initiatives and agreements are born. For this reason, there is growing interest in identifying the practices that have contributed to these successes.

BCCAT’s latest report, Articulation Committees in the BC Transfer System, examines two committees in depth for this purpose, seeking to identify the factors that have maximized their effectiveness. Recurring themes and issues include: the importance of maintaining committee autonomy with the support of BCCAT, consistency of representation, a value for ongoing communication and networking, and active and engaged leadership of committee officers and System Liaison Persons (SLPS).

The report offers ideas and guidance for other transfer systems exploring use of articulation committees and recommendations for articulation committees seeking to enhance their effectiveness. Key recommendations include:

  • Maintaining ongoing communication between committee members throughout the year, and not just at meetings.

  • Watching for trends, issues, or constructive ideas that emerge from committee discussions and being prepared to act on them when appropriate.

  • Allowing sufficient time for professional networking at committee meetings as this helps to build the inter-institutional trust that is essential in supporting articulation.

  • Including representatives from other sectors that are relevant to the committee’s discipline.

  • Encouraging members to communicate the value of committee participation to their institutions.

  • Providing sufficient time ahead of the meeting for confirming meeting details, calling for agenda items and circulating the final agenda.

This report is designed to assist articulation committees looking to increase their effectiveness in the system. It should also be a useful resource for other transfer systems seeking to establish articulation committees in their jurisdictions.

The report (PDF) is available here.