NBCAT Vision

collaboratively to
improve Learner
Phil Bélanger, Executive Director
“We should be concerned with what you
know rather than where you learned it.”
Dr. Anthony Secco, Chair, NBCAT
What is NBCAT?
The New Brunswick Council on Articulations and Transfer (NBCAT)
is a participatory council of the department of Post-Secondary
Education, Training and Labour (PETL). NBCAT facilitates credit transfer
and articulation arrangements among NB post-secondary institutions.
It also promotes the appropriate and effective use of prior learning
assessment and recognition to support learners.
NBCAT Vision
Learners access post-secondary education through inter-institutional
transfer and recognition of formal and informal learning experiences.
NBCAT Mission
Always respectful of institutional autonomy, NBCAT works
collaboratively to continuously improve awareness of,
and opportunity for, learner mobility.
Structural Operation
and Achievements
The NBCAT Council is composed of academic VPs from
seven publically funded NB post-secondary institutions
As part of its operational structure NBCAT has a standing
Contact Persons Committee (CPC) composed of
representatives from its participating institutions at the
registrar level, as well as Crandall University and recently
Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification (AOC).
The work of the Council is carried out by staff provided by
PETL with the CPC
Administrative Assistance
Executive Director
Associate Director
Contact Persons
Committee (CPC)
Portal and Communications
Ad Hoc Task Groups or
Sub-committees as needed
Transfer &
Action Group
Promote and facilitate the
delivery of prior learning
assessment and
recognition (PLAR)
practices in NB through
increased awareness,
collaboration and common
terminology and tools
Structural Operation
and Achievements
Exchanges among participating members has led to
the creation of the New Brunswick Credit Transfer
Portal http://portal.nbcat.ca/, designed to simplify the
process of searching for recognition of previous training
Special efforts have been devoted to facilitate
articulation and transfer agreements between NB
colleges and universities in the fields of Nursing,
Business and Engineering and Information Technology
Structural Operation
and Achievements
An LPN-BN four year pilot articulation agreement with UNBSJ providing LPN
graduates from the NBCC and CCNB the opportunity to pursue their education
towards a BN, was launched in 2013 and implemented with much success to date
With the support of NBCAT the CCNB is in the process of transforming its LPN
program curriculum with a competency based approach in order to facilitate the
transfer of equivalencies to the BN program at the U de M
Also with the support of NBCAT, UdeM and CCNB reinforced their collaborative
efforts by launching new articulated programs: Applied Bachelor’s degree in
managing financial services, a applied bachelor degree in Marketing, and applied
bachelor degree in Distribution Management, as well as Technology, Information
and leadership.Other similar agreements are in the works
A transfer agreement was struck between the NBCC & UNB in the field of
Information Technology and Computer Science, and work is underway for credit
transfer agreements in Engineering, more in the field of Business and Information
Technology and Computer Science, as well as Trades programs to a Bachelor of
Working Collaboratively
to Improve Learner Mobility
Student transferability / mobility enhancement is measured via a benchmarking
model established in 2012. Our recent annual stats report has shown an 18%
increase in total transfer credits awarded. And the focus for the future is to:
Increase the number of Articulation Agreements – New Pathways to
Create a Central « Assessment Support Service » to assist in facilitating
Prior learning, and National and International academic credential
Create electronic transfer of transcripts using a common transcript
Conduct research that will help inform and shape policy and practice, as
Expand the Credit Transfer Portal to include transfers into NB from
outside the province and country
Work with other Canadian CATs for enhanced Pan-Canadian
collaboration among our Post-secondary partners

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