Post-Secondary Education System News
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The BC Council on Admissions and Transfer recognizes the extraordinary efforts being made by members of the BC Transfer System to provide accommodations in educational policy and practice to support current and incoming students, and minimize the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their educational experiences. To facilitate information-sharing among BC Transfer System institutions, BCCAT has created this centralized news page that collates publicly released communication from post-secondary institutions and professional bodies addressing educational matters.
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Acsenda School of Management
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Coast Mountain College
College of New Caledonia
College of the Rockies
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fraser International College
Justice Institute of British Columbia
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
La Salle College
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
North Island College
Northern Lights College
Royal Roads University
Simon Fraser University
Thompson Rivers University
Trinity Western University
University Canada West
University of British Columbia
University of Fraser Valley
University of Northern British Columbia
University of Victoria
Vancouver Community College
Vancouver Island University
Q: Several institutions are offering their students an option for alternative grades such as Pass / Fail or Credit / Non-Credit to be recorded on their transcripts, indicating that Pass or Credit grades will be treated as meeting course and program progression requirements.
Will transfer and continuing students be treated the same by institutions that offer alternative grading options and those that do not?
Some BC Transfer System member institutions are providing options to record pass / fail or credit / non-credit grades for the current semester. Institutions and instructors should be aware that some receiving institutions or programs may not accept courses graded as pass/fail or credit/non-credit as meeting transfer, admission, or progression requirements. Institutions should consult system partners, especially receiving institutions, for information that can be used to advise students who may be planning to transfer.
Some institutions are assuring current students that their progression, pre-requisite requirements, academic standing, and scholarship eligibility will not be negatively impacted by temporary operational changes, such as alternate grading options. Institutions may consider providing similar assurances to students planning to transfer to their institution in future semesters.
This is particularly important for students planning to transfer, who may be asked to confirm fairly soon whether they will receive an “alternate grade” of P/F or Credit/Non-Credit. It is important for these students to have clarity regarding whether alternate grades will be recognized at receiving institutions.
Q: Will institutions maintain established articulation agreements if delivery method or evaluation models change (e.g., online labs, exam requirements), assuming curricular competencies and outcomes continue to be met?
Normally, the method of delivery should not have an impact on articulation decisions. However, there may be circumstances where further information is required for an institution to make a decision. BCCAT’s How to Articulate Handbook section on Transfer Credit for Online Courses states:
There may be circumstances in which a receiving institution requires additional information in order to assess transfer credit for a course that is completed online or offered through distance education, or which has online or distance education components. As is true for any course outline submitted for transfer assessment, the sending institution should ensure that the outline contains all relevant information for the receiver to make a fair assessment. It may be relevant, for example, to include information on how students might satisfy the lab component of a science course (e.g., a student could take the course online but be required to perform lab-based assignments in a face-to-face setting). However, the principle of respecting disciplinary expertise also should be upheld: if, based on her/his expert knowledge of the subject, an evaluator determines that an online or distance e course is not equivalent to the course in another format, that decision should be respected. (p. 34)
Q: Can new articulation agreements be created for modified summer 2020 courses that are currently articulated as having many hours of hands-on laboratory experience?
For example, can a specific 4-credit course become a 3-credit course, with a 1-credit lab course to be completed later?
Normally, a change in a course’s credit value requires a re-articulation to all institutions that have previously articulated the course. Some institutions will only grant the same amount of credits for a transferred course that the course has at a sending institution.
If institutions decide to split 4-credit courses with labs into separate 3-credit and 1-credit courses – with 3 credits for the course and 1 credit for the lab - both the course and the labs would require re-articulation with system counterparts. Such re-articulation requests can be managed through BCCAT’s Transfer Credit System (TCS) by following up directly with the designated Institutional Contact Person to make arrangements. This may or may not result in a change to existing articulation agreements.
It would be prudent to have detailed discussions both within an institution and with external institutions, especially receiving institutions, before deciding to split courses from their labs.