Monday, August 27, 2012

Now transfer more easily from university to Douglas!

By Anne MacMillan, Associate Registrar

If you've taken courses at a university or another college and are wondering if and how they transfer to Douglas, we've got good news: You can now use the BC Transfer Guide to determine exactly that.

That's because Douglas College has been named a "receiving" institution by the British Columbia Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT). As a receiving institution, Douglas receives articulation requests for newly created courses from universities and other colleges. Douglas then determines if an equivalency exists between the new courses and Douglas courses. The equivalencies will be published in the BC Transfer Guide.

This change highlights a trend in how post-secondary students are moving between schools.

In the past, the vast majority of students in B.C. moved one way, from colleges like Douglas to research universities such as Simon Fraser or UBC. But a recent study by the provincial government showed that while 4,000 students moved from colleges and institutes to research universities in 2007/08-2008/09, nearly as many students – 3,300 – moved in the opposite direction.

To reflect the new reality, Douglas’s status was changed from sending institution to both sending and receiving institution.

This is a positive change for B.C.'s credit transfer system - which is already very good - and for you. Now you have even more flexibility to create a post-secondary pathway that works for your individual circumstances.

Douglas is now a receiver for Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Langara College. Capilano University, Simon Fraser University and other institutions will be added to the list in the months ahead.