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Transcript Notations for Transfers of Non-Standard Courses

Some institutions record transfer credit for courses delivered in non-standard ways with special notations added to the course code. For example, an online French course might be recorded on the transcript as FREN 200E, while the classroom version of the same course might be recorded as FREN 200.

BCCAT does not recommend such practices for two reasons:

  • Course articulation is based on an assessment of equivalence of content or outcomes, and the method of course delivery is normally assumed to be immaterial (see section on Method of Course Delivery); and,

  • Such designations on a transcript can result in loss of credit to the student. At large institutions, transcripts are normally read electronically. A mapping file that is set to read and understand FREN 200 will reject FREN 200E as a non-articulated course.

There is an exception to this general rule. BC institutions have agreed that credit awarded as a result of a Prior Learning Assessment process may be indicated on the transcript through the use of specialized transcript notations.