Program

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All times listed in the program for the 2022 PCCAT conference are for Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Conference Program – Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022

    
7:15 am – 12:30 pmRegistration Desk Open
7:30 am – 8:30 amBreakfast
8:45 am – 9:00 amWelcome to PCCAT Attendees (PCCAT Chair) / Closing Remarks from ARUCC (ARUCC Chair)
9:00 am – 10:00 amARUCC/PCCAT Conference Plenary III: Amazing Leadership
10:00 am – 10:20 amBreak (Refreshments/Move to Next Sessions/Tech Prep)
10:20 am – 11:15 amARUCC/PCCAT Block J Breakout Sessions
11:15 am – 11:35 amBreak (Move to Next Session/Tech Prep)

11:35 am – 12:30 pm

12:30 pm

ARUCC/PCCAT Block K Breakout Sessions

ARUCC Conference Ends

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

PCCAT Lunch & Networking

2:00 pm – 2:15 pmBreak (Tech Prep for Next Session)
Concurrent Block A
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Session A1
Canadian Use of PESC Standards for Today’s Mobile Students
Doug Holmes, Joe Minichini

Moderator: Rob Fleming

Session – A2
The Student Transfer Experience: A Longitudinal Qualitative Study
Nicolas Boileau

Moderator: Stefanie Wheaton

Session – A3
MapIt: Documenting the transfer processes at Ontario’s Post-Secondary Institutions
Carolyn Poplak, Ana Skinner, Jonathan Williams

Moderator: Anna Tikina

3:15 pm – 3:40 pmBreak (Refreshments)
Concurrent Block B
3:40 pm – 4:40 pm

Session B1
CATs as Provincial Data Hubs? – A Discussion and Findings from ONCAT’s Data Pilot Project
Melinda Cheng, Ana Skinner, Henrique Hon

Moderator: Andrew Wilson

Session – B2
Sector Engagement and Transfer Champions: The Heads of Transfer Advisor Group (HOTA)
Carolyn Poplak, Heather O’Leary, Judy Tavares

Moderator: Christine Wilson

Session – B3
Be the Change: New operational growth for transfer in Ontario
Sienna Stock, David Baker, David Marasco, Stephanie D’Avolio, Angela Wigfield, Chiara Filicetti

Moderator: Sienna Stock

4:40 pm – 6:00 pmReception

Conference Program – Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

    
7:15 am – 4:00 pmRegistration Desk Open
7:45 am – 8:45 amBreakfast
8:45 am – 9:45 amPCCAT Annual General Meeting & Elections
9:45 am – 10:00 amBreak
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Provincial CAT Panel
Rob Fleming, AnnMarie Lyseng, Shauna Rosloot, Adrienne Galway, Ruth Blades

Moderator: Christine Johns

11:00 am – 11:20 amBreak (Refreshments/Tech Prep for Next Session)
Concurrent Block C
11:20 am – 12:20 pm

Session C1
Faculty Collaboration in Ontario: The Transfer Faculty Advisory Committee
Meryl Borato, Julie Cross, Carolyn Poplak

Moderator: Christine Wilson

Session – C2
Patterns of Participation in Further Education by BC University and College Degree Graduates
Dr. Fiona McQuarrie, Dr. Anna Tikina

Moderator: Abdullah Mushtaq

Session – C3
Data from Ontario – From Academica’s University/College Applicant Survey (UCAS) Dataset
Henrique Hon

Moderator: Lindsay McRae

12:20 pm – 1:15 pmLunch
Concurrent Block D
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Session D1
From Here to There: Program Transfer Pathways in Alberta, British Columbia, & Ontario

Jennifer Kook, Sienna Stock, Eric Dohei, Ann Marie Lyseng

Moderator: Anna Tikina

Session – D2
Using Standpoint Theory to Gain Valuable Insights into the Transfer Experience
Kaylin Kainulainen

Moderator: Andrew Wilson

Session – D3
Transfer Patterns of Seneca’s Business Students: Student Profile and Academic Success at University
Ursula McCloy, Stephen E. Childs, Kevin du Manoir

Moderator: Abdullah Mushtaq

2:15 pm – 2:35 pmBreak (Refreshment/Tech Prep for Next Session)
Concurrent Block E
2:35 pm – 3:35 pm

Session E1
Understanding Pathways: Connecting High School Transitions, Mobility, and Transfer Partners and Data
Ann Marie Lyseng, Carolyn Boutilier, Rozlynn Wick, Monica Edwards, Lisa Wall, Tony Norrad, Tracey Campbell

Moderator: Sienna Stock

Session – E2
Mapping Credit Transfer Partnerships: A Project Management Approach to Enabling Change
Dr. Aaron Gordon, Mr. David Marasco

Moderator: Lindsay McRae

Session – E3
Comparing Access to STEM Fields, Graduation and Timely Completion in Northern and Southern Ontario
Dr. David Zarifa

Moderator: Rob Missagian

3:35 pm – 3:45 pm

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Move to Final Session

PCCAT Closing Remarks
PCCAT Chair, PCCAT Conference Chair

 

    
Pre-Recorded Sessions
(Available for Duration)
Bidirectional Student Transfer: College to University and University to College Transfer Experience
Dr. Ursula McCloy, Dr. Paula Green
Apprenticeship Pathways: Administrator and Student Responses to Apprenticeship Transfer Processes
Dr. Nicole Malette, Dr Karen Robson, Erica Thomson
 
Pandemic Pivot: Adapting Student Engagement Strategies for a Virtual & Hybrid World
Sienna Stock, Brittany Lauton, Kaitlin Marriott, Gabriela Kongkham-Fernandez, Risha Toney, Nick Brayford, Krenare Aliovski
Best Practices for Communicating with Students about Transfer in a Post-Pandemic Digital World
Lindsay McRae
Exploring University Faculty Perceptions on Curriculum Evaluation
Dr. Rod Missaghian

 

Session Descriptions

Session BlockPresentersSession TitleAbstract
A1Doug Holmes, Joe MinichiniCanadian Use of PESC Standards for Today’s Mobile StudentsCanPESC is a collaboration between universities, colleges, data hubs, vendors, government and others, working to mobilize exchange of student data throughout Canadian post-secondary. Together, we are developing Standards of Practice around data and business processes, a Common Digital Layout for a human-readable layer on top of PESC XML data and working with other PESC members to support the development of the PESC GEO Code. Find out how you can use these initiatives to improve student mobility!
A2Nicolas BoileauThe Student Transfer Experience: A Longitudinal Qualitative StudyFollowing students as they move through the education system can provide important insights. However, there is a lack of longitudinal data on transfer students in Ontario. In this session, we report on the first stage of an ongoing longitudinal study: interviews with transfer students at the stage of intent (i.e., when they are still only considering transferring). More specifically, we highlight ways in which transfer students, in particular at this stage, are both strategic and resourceful.
A3Carolyn Poplak, Ana Skinner, Jonathan WilliamsMapIt: Documenting the transfer processes at Ontario’s Post-Secondary InstitutionsONCAT is leading the documentation of the current state of transfer processes at Ontario’s PSEs. This includes the step-by-step process students have to take in order to transfer from one PSE to another. Building on the pilot project we presented last year, ONCAT and HESA will co present what we have learned since then, how we adjusted the project based on feedback and the key insights from process mapping 26 diverse PSEs.
B1Melinda Cheng, Ana Skinner, Henrique HonCATs as Provincial Data Hubs? – A Discussion and Findings from ONCAT’s Data Pilot ProjectONCAT lacks access to a province wide data hub for student mobility data. The Data Pilot project is a multi-phase funding program that ONCAT has created in 2020 to build the necessary data infrastructure. Early findings will be shared based on institutions’ own analysis and in-house research completed by ONCAT.
As part of the presentation, ONCAT would like to find out how the other provinces are addressing their data needs and will conduct several polling questions throughout the presentation.
B2Carolyn Poplak, Heather O’Leary, Judy TavaresSector Engagement and Transfer Champions: The Heads of Transfer Advisor Group (HOTA)Transfer is by its nature a work of partnership and collaboration. In 2017,ONCAT initiated the Transfer Advisor Group (TAG) to support front-line staff with a focus on building capacity and sharing knowledge. At over 150 members – with diverse needs and expertise – an advisory group (HOTA) was established to serve this ever-expanding community. We will share the key insights and deliverables HOTA has achieved to date and the importance of institutional collaboration to achieve systemic goals.
B3Sienna Stock, David Baker, David Marasco, Stephanie D’Avolio, Angela Wigfield, Chiara FilicettiBe the Change: New operational growth for transfer in OntarioIn this interactive panel, Ontario post-secondary will have the opportunity to highlight various operational policies, procedures and/or processes that their institution developed to manage/maintain service level commitments during the pandemic. The panel will discuss topic areas such as, but not limited to, application processes, assessments, student advising, and Registrarial services as it related to transfer credit and the student experience. The panel will also reflect on the changed their services that will remain in tack, or new services that may be upcoming, as students move back into the classrooms and onto campus.
C1Meryl Borato, Julie Cross, Carolyn PoplakFaculty Collaboration in Ontario: The Transfer Faculty Advisory CommitteeOur presentation will discuss the work of the Transfer Faculty Advisory Committee piloted by the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer. We will discuss the design and delivery of the committee, the work it achieved, lessons learned from the experience, and future directions for faculty in Ontario. Among other things, we will highlight the important role that faculty play in transfer and how the committee united around a common purpose of improving transfer students’ experiences.
C2Dr. Fiona McQuarrie, Dr. Anna TikinaPatterns of Participation in Further Education by BC University and College Degree GraduatesWe assess whether BC college degree graduates have different patterns of participation in further education than BC university degree graduates. Do similar numbers of college baccalaureate graduates and university degree recipients attend further post-secondary? Do types of further education vary between BC college and university degree graduates?
C3Mr. Henrique HonData from Ontario – From Academica’s University/College Applicant Survey (UCAS) DatasetIn 2020, ONCAT began working with Academica Group’s proprietary UCAS™ dataset, which contains information on over 440,000 applicants to Canadian colleges and universities from 2005-2019. UCAS™ remains a relatively untapped data source through which to understand transfer applicant flows, and is unparalleled in its coverage of applicant demographics, use of varied information sources, and decision-making processes. In this session, we discuss key findings from analyses of the UCAS™
D1Jennifer Kook, Sienna Stock, Eric Dohei, AnnMarie LysengFrom Here to There: Program Transfer Pathways in Alberta, British Columbia, & OntarioThree jurisdictions in Canada discuss how transfer pathway work has operated historically and evolved in their respective jurisdictions, including at a program level. There will be discussion on the challenges each jurisdiction faces, the strengths they work with and from, as they share and discuss projects underway or anticipated, applying a post-pandemic lens regarding accessibility, digital awareness, competency and relevancy, and student mobility.
D2Ms. Kaylin KainulainenUsing Standpoint Theory to Gain Valuable Insights into the Transfer ExperienceStandpoint theory emerged out of feminist approaches to research in the 1970s and 1980s and has evolved to become a valuable epistemological and methodological tool for exploring how social position influences knowledge production. By drawing on standpoint theory, important considerations for transfer pathway development – informed directly by the experience of transfer students – can be illuminated and explored to create pathways that are both academically viable as well as student-centred.
D3Ursula McCloy, Stephen E. Childs, Kevin du ManoirTransfer Patterns of Seneca’s Business Students: Student Profile and Academic Success at UniversitySeneca College has had long-standing partnerships with its neighbouring universities, Ryerson and York. This study, using administrative databases, tracked the mobility patterns of Seneca’s business students who transferred between Seneca, York or Ryerson, in either direction, during the years 2012 to 2017. Results showed that key drivers of student success (GPA and retention) post-transfer include a student’s GPA prior to transfer and math assessment score at Seneca, regardless of pathway.
E1Ann Marie Lyseng, Carolyn Boutilier, Rozlynn Wick, Monica Edwards, Lisa Wall, Tony Norrad, Tracey CampbellUnderstanding Pathways: Connecting High School Transitions, Mobility, and Transfer Partners and DataThe Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT) Secretariat will facilitate and take part in a panel session with high school transition, post-secondary institution, and organization stakeholders to discuss different aspects of learners’ post-secondary and education pathways. A key focus for the discussion is how connecting current and future pathways data, initiatives, and system partners can help build greater understanding of learner patterns, issues and needs, and future success.
E2Dr. Aaron Gordon, Mr. David MarascoMapping Credit Transfer Partnerships: A Project Management Approach to Enabling ChangeAlgoma University has successfully engaged both cross-institutional and cross-jurisdictional credit transfers for over a decade. Managing the change-impact of credit transfer has resulted in a Senate-approved framework that separates responsibilities between the Academic units and the Office of the Registrar. Since the impetus to change is a project management approach, mapping the credit transfer process into a project management life cycle will convey a model for successful student mobility.
E3Dr. David ZarifaComparing Access to STEM Fields, Graduation and Timely Completion in Northern and Southern OntarioA growing area of student mobility research points to the importance of understanding regional differences in student mobility patterns across Northern and Southern Ontario. This study compares several key educational outcomes. We employ the 2009 to 2017 years of the Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS) linked to T1 Family File tax data and compare access to the STEM fields, university graduation and timely completion, and college graduation and timely completion across regions.
Pre-RecordedDr. Rod MissaghianExploring University Faculty Perceptions on Curriculum EvaluationWhat do sociology faculty members at Ontario universities think is important for first year students to learn? Are faculty members’ standards for first year courses reflected in the content found in Soc 101 courses at the college level? This presentation will highlight key findings from a discipline focused research study conducted in Ontario to better understand the course-to-course equivalency process for students looking to transfer from college to university.
Pre-RecordedDr. Ursula McCloy, Dr. Paula GreenBidirectional Student Transfer: college to university and university to college transfer experienceA research study of transfer students who moved bidirectionally between York University and Seneca College was conducted in the Fall 2019. It found that a significant number of participants advocated for services and supports specific to transfer students at the respective receiving institution. How do the needs of transfer students differ from other incoming students? What were the perceptions and overall expectations of transfer students who graduated or did not graduate?
Pre-RecordedLindsay McRaeBest Practices for Communicating with Students about Transfer in a Post-Pandemic Digital WorldWhen the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the world went digital, so too did communications with students about credit transfer. Drawing on insights from experts, this presentation will outline 5 best practices for effectively communicating with students about transfer in our current and post-pandemic world. Audience members will leave with practical strategies and tools to implement these best practices at their own institutions and contribute to a more streamlined transfer system for students.
Pre-RecordedSienna Stock, Brittany Lauton, Kaitlin Marriott, Gabriela Kongkham-Fernandez, Risha Toney, Nick Brayford, Krenare AliovskiPandemic Pivot: Adapting Student Engagement Strategies for a Virtual & Hybrid WorldIn this dynamic panel discussion, Ontario post-secondary institutions will showcase pandemic-adapted engagement and recruitment strategies directed to prospective & current students. The moderated panel will converse through guided questions, related but not limited to virtual fairs/events, communication approaches, engagement, student supports, and continued strategies that have changed the nature of student engagement.
    
Pre-RecordedDr. Nicole Malette, Dr Karen Robson, Erica ThomsonApprenticeship Pathways: Administrator and Student Responses to Apprenticeship Transfer ProcessesApprenticeships provide important education pathways for a significant proportion of the Canadian population. However, there remains a decline in the number of students enrolling and completing apprenticeships over the past decade. Little is known about the educational pathways of apprenticeship students into or out of those programs. To address this knowledge gap, we conducted a one-year project that aimed at advancing our current understandings of apprenticeship students’ educational pathways.