Find articulation committee roles, responsibilities and resources
ACAT’s articulation committees facilitate the expansion of transfer credit opportunities and learner pathways.
ACAT articulation committees promote relationship-building and collaboration among subject area experts at ACAT post-secondary institutions, by bringing them together in one location to discuss student mobility. Related industry associations (such as professional or accrediting agencies) may also be invited to participate in committee meetings, so discussions include their organizations’ perspectives. Representatives from Alberta Education are also invited to participate in discussions that affect similar subjects in the K-12 curriculum. Committees meet 1- 4 times per year to keep communication channels open.
ACAT Secretariat staff provide administrative support to articulation committees, and host an annual articulation conference to help build connections between committees, and discuss common learner pathway challenges and opportunities. ACAT also works with its member institutions to maintain a list of articulation committee representatives.
The ACAT Secretariat works with each Articulation Committee to organize the inaugural meeting and provide the meeting venue. Subsequent committee meetings are hosted by member institutions.
Articulation committees plan their meeting schedules in different ways.
Committees meet between 1-4 times each year, depending on their area of focus and scope of work
Some committees prefer in-person meetings, while others ensure there is a virtual option available for committee members unable to travel
Other committees have one in-person meeting per year, and communicate online throughout the year
Many meetings are scheduled between semesters to ensure more committee members are able to participate
Most committees meet at institutions in the Edmonton/Calgary corridor, with locations alternating between the north and south.
Costs associated with articulation, including participation in articulation committees, are included in the budget allocations government provides to post-secondary institutions every year. Member institutions therefore pay for costs associated with articulation committees, including travel for meetings.
All committee members are expected to attend meetings, or to send an alternate in their place. The committee may also choose to invite people representing other voices in the articulation sector:
Secondary school teachers responsible for courses in related disciplines
Relevant professional associations or regulatory bodies
Post-secondary institutions, training organizations or agencies that are not ACAT members but offer relevant courses or programs
Institutional or community representatives (e.g., guest speakers)
Staff at government ministries
Retired committee members
Voting on committee action items is limited to ACAT member institutions, unless a motion allowing others to participate is passed before the vote takes place.
Agendas and Minutes
About 3-4 weeks before every committee meeting, the Chair sends out an email to members asking for possible agenda items. Their input is used to help create the meeting agenda, which we suggest be sent out at least 2 weeks before the committee meeting. This gives participants time to review suggested discussion items, and to prepare. We’ve developed a sample agenda you can use as a guide.
The committee’s recorder is responsible for taking meeting minutes. After the meeting, they provide a summary of key discussion, action and decision items (using the meeting agenda as a guide) for the Chair’s review and approval. Minutes are circulated to the committee for approval at their next meeting. Once they’re approved, they’re shared publicly on the committee's web page, with older copies being archived on the Articulation Committee SharePoint.
Since their inception, articulation committees have addressed several topics, including:
Practicum issues (Child & Youth Care)
Gender diversity (Computer Sciences)
Delivery and/or assessment of first year courses (Psychology, Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics)
Best practices in assigning transfer credit when course to course equivalency is not applicable (Biological Sciences, Computer Sciences)
Changes to core courses (English, Biological Sciences)