Dr. John D. Dennison (1929-2016), BCCAT Co-Chair (1993-1999), and Professor Emeritus, Administrative, Adult & Higher Education, UBC
This year, BCCAT and the extended network of professional colleagues that facilitate the BC Transfer System lost an historic figure. Dr. John Dennison made extraordinary contributions to the development of the BC post-secondary system throughout his career. His contributions to the work of the Council have been multi-faceted; providing insight, advice, and support to inform collaborative work among the autonomous institutions that comprise the BC Transfer System. He played a key role in the development of BC’s articulation committee network, transfer credit practices and policy, and transfer student performance research.
Dr. Dennison provided valuable historical context and critical analysis of articulation policy and student access and mobility in BC. In 2011, he reminded us that ‘credit transfer’ was a ground-breaking concept in the 1960s Canadian post-secondary landscape.* Some 50+ years later, through the leadership of educators like Dr. Dennison and the ongoing collaborative work of institutional faculty and staff across the system, transfer has become accepted as routine and post-secondary students benefit from a remarkably flexible transfer network.
- Robert Fleming, Executive Director and Co-Chair, BCCAT