ARUCC PCCAT Transcript and Transfer Credit Nomenclature Study


ARUCC PCCAT Transcript and Transfer Credit Nomenclature Study

ARUCC PCCAT TRANSCRIPT AND TRANSFER CREDIT NOMENCLATURE STUDY 

AN EXAMINATION OF CURRENT PRACTICES AT CANADIAN POSTSECONDARY ORGANIZATIONS

June 12, 2014

The Pan-­‐Canadian Consortium on Admissions & Transfer and the Association of Registrars of the Universities & Colleges of Canada are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the report of phase one of the ARUCC/PCCAT National Transcript and Transfer Credit Nomenclature Study. The June 18, 2014 release of the report will include 6 key recommendations, including updating the 2003 Canadian Transcript Guidelines. 

Among the many emerging issues noted in the soon-­‐to-­‐be-­‐released report, electronic data exchange figures prominently as a factor that influences both transcript and transfer credit practices.  Considerable progress has been made across the provinces to digitize records and exchange student data electronically. The Canadian PESC Users Group continues to work nationally to encourage the adoption of shared standards for exchange. Leisa Wellsman, Chair of the Canadian PESC Users Group comments, “I am impressed by both the comprehensiveness and the thoroughness of this report. The findings outlined in it will provide an excellent foundation for further discussion of transcript standards, nomenclature, and transport, and will complement the Canadian PESC User Group’s focus on creating a national electronic transcript exchange network.  Indeed, many Canadian postsecondary institutions are gradually moving away from paper transcripts toward the more effective and sustainable exchange of electronic student data, supporting Canadian inter-­‐institutional student mobility more effectively. Related, international student data exchange with partners worldwide is now on Canada’s radar and may play a role in supporting institutions’ international enrolment growth plans.  In light of this, it is both timely and noteworthy that the report, reflecting on these important issues, includes the recommendation to: Support the development and adoption of electronic transcript exchange standards, ensuring that the Canadian PESC User Group member organizations are consulted and engaged in this process. Further, the ongoing project should be mindful of the opportunities presented by international opportunities such as the Groningen Declaration.

The ARUCC PCCAT Transcript and Transfer Credit Nomenclature Study will be released on June 18, 2014 in Quebec City during the national conferences of the two organizations. ARUCC-­‐PCCAT National Project Steering Committee "

Contact: Kathleen Massey, McGill University, kathleen.massey@mcgill.ca 

June 12, 2014