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Articulation in BC: A Success Story

The British Columbia post-secondary system has a well-integrated system of differentiated institutions committed to recognizing and awarding credit for equivalent learning through the process of articulating courses and programs for credit.

As the BC post-secondary system has evolved, the amount and type of transfer activity has increased. The majority of transfer credit in the past involved students in non-degree programs, mostly at colleges, transferring into degree programs at universities. The new patterns of student mobility are the movement of students in multiple directions across post-secondary institutions.


Source: Student Transitions Project.

Data are not available at this time for student movement involving private institutions.

The high level of activity in the BC Transfer System is also indicated by the number of course transfer agreements in effect. In 2011-12, there were 79,150 active course transfer agreements in the BC Transfer Guide, up from 61,206 in 2007-08. Each course in the Guide had an average of 5.9 transfer agreements associated with it. There were also 907 block transfer arrangements listed in the Guide. The Transfer Credit Evaluation System (TCES) was used to facilitate 8,431 articulation evaluations in 2011-12.[1]

BCCAT research indicates that transferring students are generally satisfied with their transfer experience. Student dissatisfaction with transfer tends to be caused either by unrealistic expectations about the outcomes of transfer requests, or by a lack of information about the transfer process itself.[2]

Of the students who moved from BC public colleges, institutes, or teaching-intensive universities to BC research-intensive universities, 92% expected to transfer credits and 87% reported receiving all of their expected credits. The proportion of students who expected to transfer credits and were dissatisfied with their experience has remained constant across multiple survey years at about 8%. In a 2011 survey, only 193 respondents reported being dissatisfied with their transfer experience. About half of these reported receiving allof the transfer credits they expected.[3]

[1] All statistics from Enabling Transfer in BC: 2011-12 Annual Review (Vancouver, BC: BC Council on Admissions and Transfer, 2012).