Current Projects

With its commitment to facilitate more comprehensive understanding of the ever-changing BC post-secondary environment, BCCAT conducts and coordinates a wide variety of research and technology projects to inform and support institutional planning, procedures, and policies, and to enhance educational opportunities and experiences for BC post-secondary students. The projects listed below comprise the work approved by Council in the BCCAT workplan that are currently underway.

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Transfer Mechanisms & Innovation

This study will review literature on micro-credentialing and credit transfer in various jurisdictions, catalogue available information on micro-credentials published online by BC Transfer System members, and interview faculty and staff to capture institutional practices and perspectives on the prospects of delivering and recognizing micro-credentials.

In addition to using existing data sources to describe the volume, characteristics, and trends of block transfers and degree partnerships, this study will attempt to describe current business practices and to identify strategies that could improve the existing data and our understanding of this important type of mobility. The project will also generate an environmental scan of successful business practices for documenting block transfer and degree partnership students which may be useful to institutions that wish to strengthen their data on student pathways.

The project aims to identify successful practices in the development, implementation and on-going maintenance of pathways specifically intended to support indigenous learners through the recognition of prior post-secondary learning.

Student Performance & Mobility

The goal of this project is to explore the motivations, experiences and perceptions of transfer and direct entry students regarding the credits they complete at BC Transfer System institutions – particularly those beyond the strict program requirements for their chosen credential(s).

The project aims to assess the number of credits to graduation in pathway programs and to explore the experiences of transfer students and of direct entry students enrolled in the same program areas at BC Transfer System institutions.

The Student Transitions Project links student data from the B.C. Ministry of Education with public post-secondary student data. The data allows investigation of student transitions, mobility, and outcomes from the Kindergarten-Grade 12 (K-12) education system to the public post-secondary system, while protecting individual privacy. The Student Transitions Project is governed by a steering committee with representation from British Columbia’s public universities, colleges and institutes; the Ministries of Education and Advanced Education, and BCCAT. Find out more about the Student Transitions Project.

With the assistance of BC’s public post-secondary institutions, and BC Stats, over 4500 students were surveyed regarding their experience moving between post-secondary institutions. Respondents provided information on their goals, decision-making, experience, and level of satisfaction. The results will be released to participating institutions this fall, and a public report will be released in 2020.

Data & Decision-Making

For a number of years, BCCAT has worked with BC Transfer System members and government to develop a data source that captures transfer credit granted at most BC public post-secondary institutions. Currently, the work focuses on improving data consistency and reliability, and sharing the data with articulation committees and other system-level groups in order to better understand credit mobility in the province.

The study will scan existing legislation, policy, and practices governing the collection, storage, security, sharing, public and institutional reporting, and analysis of student data, as many of these data sources are key to understanding learner pathways and success. Based on these findings, key emerging issues in BC will be identified.

This study will focus on the transfer policies within the Registrar’s offices, to identify the practices and procedures used to articulate and award transfer credit within BC Transfer System institutions. The focus of the report will investigate whether Registrars’ offices have been empowered to award transfer credit, whether all articulation requests are routed through faculty, and under what circumstances transfer award decisions are made.

The goal of this project is to identify successful practices in improving access, and supporting persistence and success of students attending BC public post-secondary institutions and receiving the Provincial Tuition Waiver.

Technology Services

This project will implement various recommendations arising from the external review of the BCTransferGuide.ca.

This multi-phase, multi-year project involves the TCS Suite project and technology developments and enhancements that will support the data management of various transfer options for both articulation agreements within BC, across Canada, and internationally.