ACAT encourages post-secondary institutions to apply for entry into Alberta’s transfer system if they meet ACAT’s membership criteria. Applications are strengthened if they include sponsorship from an ACAT member institution.
All Alberta-based, publicly-funded institutions are members of ACAT. We encourage private, not-for-profit institutions to apply if they are able to demonstrate:
There is a significant amount of student mobility between Alberta and BC post-secondary institutions, creating a unique opportunity to collaborate. BC institutions therefore follow a slightly different membership application process than institutions from other provinces. Read details about how to apply.
2: How to Apply
Although application criteria varies depending on the type of institution you represent (see Who can Apply for more information), the process generally follows these steps.
Please see the processes below to determine how to submit your application to ACAT.
Completing your application in full before submitting it will also ensure a smoother, more efficient review process. The ACAT Chair may request additional information after reviewing your application package, if required.
All applications are strengthened by providing:
A letter of support from the President or Vice-President (Academic) of a sponsoring ACAT-member institution, or documentation from that institution outlining the criteria and process they used to determine their support of your membership
Please provide information requested in the questionnaire and fact sheet sections of the Private Providers Policy and Procedure Document , which ensures ACAT members have the information they need to decide if your institution is a possible fit for transfer agreements.
We encourage you to review eligibility criteria for post-secondary institutions outside of the province of Alberta. If your institution meets these criteria, contact us about how to apply.
BC institutions follow a slightly different membership application process than institutions from other provinces, given its significant amount of student mobility to and from Alberta. Read the policy and process document for details, including how to apply.
The Chair of ACAT communicates the decision in writing to the requesting institution, including:
Criteria to remain a member in good standing
Agreement to and signing of ACAT’s Principles, Policies and Procedures document
3: Maintain Membership Standing
ACAT members are asked to demonstrate they are:
Complying with ACAT’s principles, policies and procedures
Continually working to establish transfer agreements in Alberta’s transfer system to the benefit of learners
Continually maintaining or developing quality credit transfer arrangements
Actively participating in the stewardship of Alberta’s transfer system
If an ACAT member institution changes their mandate or mission, the institution advises the ACAT Council, who reviews the change and determines if further action is needed.
If an ACAT member is not in good standing, the ACAT Council may take the following actions:
Contact the institution to attempt to resolve issues and concerns affecting active participation
Provide written notification of withdrawal of membership if there is no effort to resolve outstanding issues and concerns, providing a deadline for compliance with the criteria to remain in good standing
Provide written notification of membership termination if efforts are not made to resolve outstanding issues by the specified date