Alexander College participates fully in the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) system for articulation of courses among institutions in British Columbia. It is our policy to compare our courses to the courses of other participating institutions and to recognize course to course equivalencies where appropriate.

Policy on credit transfer includes the following specifications:


Limitations on Quantity of Transferred Credit

Some courses can (and must) be combined in order to obtain the equivalent 3-credit course at Alexander College. The College’s Dean and the course evaluator will make this determination based on the courses content and outcome coverage.

Unless otherwise noted, external credit granted may not exceed one half of the total credit required for the program. For example, 60 credits are required for completion of the Associate of Arts degree and therefore a maximum of 30 credits can be presented for transfer into the program.

International Credit Transfer

For courses completed in Canada, students may apply to transfer a maximum of ten subjects per request. For courses completed outside of Canada, students may apply to transfer a maximum of five subjects per request. Additional requests may be considered after the previous request has been completed.

To ensure that the program learning outcomes are met, a maximum of 25% international transfer credit may be applied to an Associate degree.

Unassigned Credit

Assigned credit is given for a course that matches (with 75% correspondence or greater) a specific Alexander College course.

Unassigned credit is given for a course accepted as fulfilling a requirement but not matching a specific Alexander College course. Arts electives, including fine arts, are assigned to either Humanities (HUMN) or Social Sciences (SOSC).

In order to ensure that the program learning outcomes are met, a maximum of 25% unassigned credit may be applied toward an Associate degree.

Applicability

Credit transfer cannot be used as a substitute for meeting all of the credential requirements. For example, obtaining a total of 60 credits does not eliminate the requirement to complete a laboratory science course.
Each course accepted for transfer credit must satisfy at least one requirement for the credential.

Level of Study

AC will only accept undergraduate courses for credit transfer and prerequisites to a maximum of a 200-level credit at AC. Graduate courses may be considered for exemptions to this policy (via application to the Associate Registrar), so long as the courses adhere to the College’s credit transfer guidelines and do not interfere with the student’s ability to attempt further courses at the College.

Minimum Grade

Courses accepted for credit or prerequisite must have been completed with a grade of at least D (GP 1.0).

Stale Dating

Credit is not normally given for courses completed more than 7 years in the past, nor can the course be used to satisfy a prerequisite. A decision to not accept a course for credit can be appealed to the Registrar who will consult appropriate experts (instructors or SASC members) for a decision.

Disclosure of Post-Secondary Studies

Unless they were disclosed at the time of admission, post-secondary courses completed prior to the date of admission to Alexander College are not eligible for transfer credit, however may be used to satisfy course prerequisites. Effective from Fall 2017 onward (students admitted after July 1, 2017)


BC Transfer Guide

Alexander College is a member of the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) system and has established transfer agreements with college and universities across British Columbia, including the most prestigious universities in the province. Alexander College is continuously negotiating new transfer agreements with the major universities in BC and the rest of Canada, as well as with other colleges and universities around the world.

The BCCAT transfer system’s online transfer guide enables students to check the transferability of the courses they wish to take, as well as develop a study plan allowing seamless transfer between Alexander College and the specific program they wish to complete.

www.bctransferguide.ca


Transfer Credit Procedure


BCCAT Transferable Courses

Transferability of courses with the BC Post-Secondary Transfer System is determined by articulation agreements between member institutions. Course transferability is viewable online using the BC Transfer Guide.

Students who wish to transfer credit from another BCCAT member institution are required to submit the following:

  • Completed Transfer Credit Request Form
  • Official transcript

Where BCCAT articulations exist, transfer credit requests will normally be completed within 2-4 weeks from the date that all documentation was submitted. It is responsibility of the student to ensure that credit transfer/course evaluation requests are submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the posted registration deadline.

When an equivalent course cannot be found using the BC Transfer Guide, Admissions Officers may refer to the credit transfer folder on the Admissions server. This folder contains records of courses previously reviewed and approved by the Dean on a case-by-case basis. If an equivalent course cannot be found using these two sources, the procedure for non-BCCAT transferable courses (below) will apply.


Non BCCAT Transferable Courses

Alexander College does not generally accept courses taken outside of the BC Transfer System for credit. In exceptional circumstances, students may request to have coursework from an accredited institution evaluated by the Dean.

Students who wish their courses to be evaluated for transfer credit consideration are required to submit the following:

  • Completed Transfer Credit Request Form
  • Official transcript
  • Course outlines (also called course syllabus) for each requested course. Course outlines may be printed (hard copy) or emailed (soft copy) in a secure format (e.g. .pdf)
    • At a minimum, the course outline must contain all of the following information:
      • Name of institution or official stamp
      • Name/course code/title and program year of the course
      • Number of course hours (e.g. number of hours per week x number of weeks) Minimum of 40 hours per term for non-lab course/minimum of 60 hours for lab course
      • Grading system used, including passing mark
      • Learning outcomes and/or topics covered
      • Learning resources (textbooks and other resources) Currency of text may be a factor in the acceptance or rejection of a course in certain subject areas, at the discretion of the evaluator.
      • Any transcripts or course outlines not in the English language must be accompanied by an original translation by a licensed translator.
      • College staff are not authorized to translate documents

Once provided, the course outline and official transcript will be submitted to a subject area specialist/faculty member or to the Dean for review. The Dean may also refer evaluation to the SASC member responsible for the subject area.

Where transfer credit is approved, the Admissions Officer will input the details into the student database and check off any prerequisites satisfied. A transfer articulation letter is created by the Admission Officer, signed by the Dean, and placed into the student file. An additional copy may also be made available for pick up by the student.

Course evaluation requests will normally be completed within 6-8 weeks from the date that all documentation was submitted. It is responsibility of the student to ensure that credit transfer/course evaluation requests are submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the posted registration deadline.


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Questions?  Visit the Office of the Registrar

Burnaby campus, room 103

Tel: (604) 435-5815.

Vancouver campus, room 203

Tel: (604) 681-5815

Email: admissions@alexandercollege.ca