Explore ACAT’s current research about learner pathways in Alberta
Read what ACAT is exploring now, as part of our work to continually enhance and improve learner pathway opportunities for Alberta students.
ACAT's Research Plan
ACAT’s current research plan is focused on working with its partners to address research gaps in admissions and transfer, including:
Amount and type of transfer credit awarded
Admission pathways and challenges
Recognition of prior learning
Dual credit programming
Alberta has an effective learner pathways system that serves large numbers of students. This research plan was developed to help ACAT better understand just how effective the current system is, and provide the evidence to move the system from good to great.
Transfer Student Success - Research Reports & Literature Reviews
The Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT) contracted completion of Transfer Student Success in Alberta Research Projects. These projects focused on answering the following questions:
How successful are post-secondary transfer credit students?
How well do post-secondary transfer credit students do in comparison to direct-entry students?
One of the largest learner pathways and mobility data gaps in Alberta is regarding the transfer system. Currently, there is no provincial data about transfer credit or the success of transfer students or the transfer system.
Duklas Cornerstone Consulting completed a literature review and two separate case study research reports with two Alberta post-secondary institutions (UCalgary and NAIT). Plaid Consulting Inc. completed four separate case study research reports with four Alberta institutions (UAlberta, Grant MacEwan U, ULethbridge, Mount Royal U) and a literature review that is embedded within these reports. The reports focused on defining and developing measures for post-secondary transfer student success and evaluating the success of transfer credit students in Alberta in comparison to direct entry students for each individual institution. The intention was analysis of relevant data measures within each of the institutions not comparison between institutions. All reports involved a quantitative analysis of anonymized student data for applicable student cohorts to facilitate the comparison between transfer and direct entry students.
We’ve also recently conducted research about modernizing Alberta’s transfer system so that post-secondary providers and students are able to find the admission and transfer information they need, when and how they need it.
In 2014-15, ACAT completed a business assessment as part of a multi-phase initiative to transform how we support and encourage student mobility throughout the province. A series of discussions helped us identify business needs, problems and requirements for modernizing learner pathways in Alberta. Read the report.
ACAT Research Subcommittee
A research committee is being established by ACAT to monitor and evaluate the success of transfer credit students in Alberta. The group will also address critical data gaps to inform evidence-based decision making about student mobility.
ACAT Articulation Committees
Articulation Committees conduct research relating to their area of expertise, working together to identify new learner pathway opportunities, or refine current systems within and between participating institutions. You can follow their activities by visiting their committee pages.
Campus Alberta Planning Resource
Prepared by the Government of Alberta each year, the Campus Alberta Planning Resource provides information about key drivers and trends in the province’s post-secondary system, including enrolment and completion rates. Read the latest report.