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BC Environmental Articulation Committee

Royal Roads University is a member of the BC Environmental Articulation Committee.

Objectives

Articulation in British Columbia is a process which contributes to an overall objective of expanding educational opportunities for students by:

  • Providing a mechanism for exchanging information and enhancing co-operation and co-ordination among institutions providing instruction in a given area of study;
  • Promoting course and program equivalency where appropriate; and
  • Aiding in the process of achieving the inter-institutional transfer credit. 

As defined, and within these stated objectives, the articulation process should embrace universities, university colleges, colleges, institutes and secondary schools.

Terms of Reference

Articulation Committees operate under the aegis of the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer and report to the Council through its Program and Articulation Committee.

  • Articulation Committees exist for most academic disciplines, and most career, vocational and developmental programs. The creation of new committees requires the approval of the Program and Articulation Committee.
  • Articulation Committees consist of voting representatives of the public colleges, institutes, universities, and university colleges which offer, or plan to offer, instruction in the respective discipline or program. In addition and as appropriate to the discipline, there will be on voting representative of the secondary schools.
  • Articulation Committees may invite representatives of private institutions to participate (voting or nonvoting) and may invite other guests or observers.
  • A liaison administrator will normally attend articulation meetings as a nonvoting resource person. In addition, appropriate Ministry staff may attend meetings.
  • Committees will normally meet once a year for one or two days, at a time set by the Committee, but whenever possible during a non-teaching duty time. The location of each meeting will be determined by each committee but will most often be in the Greater Vancouver area for reasons of economy and convenience.
  • The cost of articulation meetings is to be covered by institutional budgets.
  • Committee members should be experienced representatives of their department and be well information regarding articulation matters. The should serve for at least two years in order to build understanding and continuity.
  • Each Articulation Committee chairperson will distribute an agenda well in advance of each meeting. Shortly after each meeting (normally within one month), the draft minutes, including a list of participants and items to be drawn to BCCAT's attention are to be sent to the Council office and to members.
  • Each member is responsible for liaison between his/her home institution and the Articulation Committee. This includes ensuring that all instructors and relevant administrators receive copies of committee meeting minutes and are informed regarding transfer issues, curricular change, program initiatives or any items likely to affect the home institution.

Goals

  • To expand educational opportunities for students by facilitating transfer of students, from one educational institution to another.
  • To foster understanding of course objectives in the discipline/program and provide for liaison among instructors of the subject at all levels.
  • To exchange information about entry requirements, measure of achievement, course numbering systems, text books, and supporting facilities.
  • To exchange information, particularly relating to new developments in the field, to identify common professional issues, and to identify opportunities for program development.
  • To maintain liaison with appropriate external certification bodies as appropriate.
  • To provide a forum for discussion on instructional practices and for the exchange of learning materials.
  • To provide a forum for the discussion of instructional practices and for the exchange of learning materials.
  • To provide a forum for the discussion of any changes contemplated in courses and programs that will affect transfer relationships.
  • To foster an orderly implementation of the Transfer Guidelines.
  • To identify and forward transfer problems which require the attention of the BC Council and Admissions and Transfer.