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Field schools are incorporated into programs at many BC post-secondary institutions. However, the transferability of credits associated with field school experiences appears to be limited within the BC Transfer System. This may be due to institutions preferring or requiring field school courses to be supervised by their own faculty; field school courses being structured to meet the requirements of a specific program at an individual institution; limited student demand for these courses to be transferable; and/or field schools being timetabled as special topics courses or cross-listed courses, which may limit their transferability. BCCAT recently produced a special report that makes several recommendations around increasing the transferability of field school credit:
For institutions to jointly operate field schools, with the associated course credit being accepted by all participating institutions;
For a centralized information site at which information on field school opportunities could be exchanged (which could be administered by individual articulation committees) in the Articulation Committee Forums section on BCCAT’s website
For institutions to consider coding field school courses in ways that will improve the courses’ transferability;
For institutions to timetable field school courses as regular courses rather than as special topics or directed studies courses;
For institutions to regularly request articulation of field school courses; and,
For institutions to collaborate internally on field school opportunities.
The full report on Field Schools can be found here.