The below provides an overview of significant events in the development of the post-secondary transfer system in BC over the last six decades, along with a Bibliography of Resources.
See the Knowledge Network's documentary The Graduates: A History of Higher Education in BC to learn more about the history of the BC post-secondary system, and the development of the transfer system. Read more perspectives from our Friends of BCCAT, people who have participated throughout the years in facilitating the transfer system and the work it does in supporting student success and mobility.
The Development of the BCTransferGuide.ca
The BC Transfer System through the Decades
2019BCCAT celebrates 30 years since as the coordinating and facilitating agency overseeing the BC Transfer System. BCCAT completes pilot project with UBC focused on importing their internal tables into the Transfer Credit System (TCS). This project opens the way for all BC Transfer System member institutions to import their historical records of decisions, allowing members to leverage the articulation activities of each other. BCCAT begins a major review of the Transfer Innovations project funding program, the first since its launch in 1999. BCTransferGuide.ca undergoes an external review, informing plans for future updates and enhancements.
2018The Transfer Credit Evaluation System is upgraded; the new Transfer Credit System (TCS) leverages newer and smarter technologies, improving the integrity of the transfer database and increasing the efficiency of transfer credit processes.
2017Seven provincial credit transfer councils (in Alberta, BC, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia) expand the 2014 MOU, signing a new agreement to enhance student mobility across Canada. BCCAT's membership policies (regarding private and out-of-province institutions) are revised and consolidated into one main policy document. See 3A: Membership in the BC Transfer System. The Math/Stats articulation committee, BC Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics and Statistics (BCcupms), celebrates its 50th anniversary. BCTransferGuide.ca surpasses 200,000 course agreements. The website also sees a dramatic rise in usership, with 1.8 million unique visits (24% more than the previous year).
2016The ministry responsible for advanced education asks BCCAT to work with BCcampus and post-secondary institutional partners to provide oversight for the integration of BC's online education planning and application services and the further development of a common application service for BC's public post-secondary system. ApplyBC and Transcripts BC are integrated with Education Planner to form a new, consolidated and centralized education planning and application website, EducationPlannerBC.ca.
2015The ARUCC/PCCAT Transcript and Transfer Guide is launched, designed to serve as a national, online resource for Canadian registrars, transfer practitioners, and post-secondary policy developers. BCTransferGuide.ca and EducationPlanner.bc see an approximate average of 150,000 unique visits (combined) per month.
2014BCCAT and parallel Councils in Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick sign memorandum of understanding to facilitate inter-and intra-provincial credit transfer in Canada. BCCAT celebrates its 25th anniversary. To commemorate, the Council launches the BCCAT Transfer Awards program, acknowledging the exemplary contributions of individuals to supporting and advancing transfer and articulation in BC.
BCTransferGuide.ca is refreshed and updated with enhanced search functions.
2012-2014BCCAT oversees provincial review of the associate degree and changes to curriculum requirements. <
2012-2013BCCAT Enabling of the BC Transfer System Initiative results in all member institutions becoming both senders and receivers of articulation requests. All guidebooks and policies are re-written to reflect this major shift in policy and practice.
2010Robert Fleming is appointed Executive Director and Co-chair of BCCAT.
BCCAT undertakes the first comprehensive rewrite of the Principles and Guidelines for Transfer since 1976.
The College of the Rockies is approved to offer its first degree. With this approval, 22 out of 25 public post-secondary institutions in BC are offering degrees.