Articulation, Transfer and
Admissions Committee (ATAC)

The Articulation, Transfer and Admissions Committee is an amalgamation of the former Provincial Articulation Committee (PAC) and the former Committee on Transfer & Admissions (CTA). In the past, the work of ATAC was facilitated by Discipline specific Task Groups and Core specific Sub-groups.  Under the current structure, Associate Deans (undergraduate) or equivalents at Memorial University and Deans of Schools at the College of the North Atlantic are responsible for furthering the work of ATAC.   Please refer to the Protocol for Articulation and the Terms of Reference for detailed information on ATAC's process.

  Protocol for Articulation

Authority

As contained in Article 7(b) of the Newfoundland and Labrador Council on Higher Education Protocol Agreement (June 1994; revised July 9, 1997):

The Council may establish other groups or committees, whose membership need not be limited to Members for the study of any matter that may be of interest to the Council, and for such purpose, the Council shall determine the terms of reference, and the number and location of group or committee meetings in accordance with the scope of the task and the limitation of the budget.

Within this authority, College of the North Atlantic School Deans, Associate Deans of Memorial University, including the Marine Institute, and, where appropriate, programs staff representing the public secondary school system will operate under the aegis of the Council on Higher Education and will report to the Council through the ATAC on a regular basis.


Mandate

School Deans, Associate Deans (or equivalents) and, where appropriate, programs staff from the  public secondary school system responsible for clusters of similar programs will facilitate the articulation process within core subject areas that embrace the public secondary school system, College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University, including Marine Institute, with the objective to maximize credit transfer among three sectors of the provincial public education system and to ensure learning from other educational systems are recognized for the benefit of students.


Accountability

The work of the School Deans, Associate Deans (or equivalents) and, where appropriate, programs staff from the public secondary school system  will be focused on maximizing articulation and credit transfer with formal reports presented to the ATAC in the Spring of each year, the date and time to be set by the ATAC.

School Deans, Associate Deans (or equivalents) and, where appropriate, programs staff from the public secondary school system will develop a workplan outlining planned objectives and a schedule of meetings for the academic year.  This workplan will be submitted to the ATAC for approval in September of each academic year.


Membership

School Deans, Associate Deans (or equivalents) and programs staff from the public secondary school system will represent the following program areas: Areas to be determined following consultation


Meetings

School Deans, Associate Deans (or equivalents) and programs staff from the public secondary school system, will meet a minimum of once per semester and in accordance with a work schedule approved by ATAC.  Their respective institutions will normally cover the cost incurred by members attending meetings.


Specific Terms of Reference

1.        To promote and enhance credit transfers between College of the North Atlantic and Memorial          University, including the Marine Institute, in designated program clusters and to bring recommendations to the attention of the ATAC.

2.        To explore and recommend improved linkages and transfer of credit between the secondary and post-secondary sectors of the public education system and to bring these recommendations to the attention of the ATAC.

3.        To make recommendations on articulation and credit transfer opportunities and submit them to the ATAC.

4.        To establish time-limited task groups to articulate specific courses having transfer potential.

5.        To establish time-limited task groups to articulate specific block transfer opportunities.

6.        To carry out other related assignments as requested.

 

  Terms of Reference


Authority

As contained in Article 7(b) of the Protocol Agreement (June 1994; revised July 9, 1997; revised December 12, 2003):

The Council may establish other groups or committees, whose membership need not be limited to Members for the study of any matter that may be of interest to the Council, and for such purpose, the Council shall determine the terms of reference, and the number and location of group or committee meetings in accordance with the scope of the task and the limitation of the budget.


Mandate

                     Coordinate the articulation process which will embrace public schools, the College of the North               Atlantic and Memorial University, including the Marine Institute, with the objective of forming               fixed links between these three sectors of the provincial system of education.

                     Optimize student accessibility to higher education and enhance student mobility among public post-secondary institutions by addressing issues pertaining to transfer, admissions and articulation practices.

                     Ensure the existence of protocols to guide public / private credit transfer agreements that will advantage learners.

Accountability

The work of the ATAC will be conducted in close liaison with other committees and groups within the provincial articulation network and will report on these activities through the Working Group to the Council on a regular basis.


Committee Structure and Operations

Members and co-chairs of the Committee will be appointed by Council using the following guidelines for the nucleus of the Committee:

1.          The Director of Programs of the College of the North Atlantic;

2.         A representative from Memorial University nominated by the Vice-President (Academic);

3.         A representative from the Post-Secondary Education Branch of the Department of Education;

4.         A representative from the Primary, Elementary & Secondary Branch of the Department of Education;

5.         Registrar of Memorial University or designate(s);

6.         Registrar of the College of the North Atlantic;

7.         Student Representative;

8.          Chair of Programs, College of the North Atlantic;

9.         A representative of the Marine Institute;

10.        A representative from the School Boards;

11.         A representative of the Council of Higher Education Secretariat

Note: All appointments, alternates and replacements for Committee membership will be approved by the member institution and reported to the Council on Higher Education.

Meetings
The ATAC will have a minimum of two meetings per academic year.

 

Specific Terms of Reference

$           To initiate discussions, strategies, and protocols to enhance and promote transfer arrangements and agreements between the College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University, including the Marine Institute, and bring these opportunities to the attention of Council.

$           To explore and recommend improved linkages between the secondary and post-secondary sectors of the public education system and to bring opportunities to the attention of Council.

$           To compile and distribute an annual transfer guide that includes transfer of credit arrangements for courses ( including AP courses) and programs within the provincial public post-secondary system.

$           To develop a model of articulation with laddering and block transfer programs linking various levels of credentials in various program areas.

$           To define guidelines for College of the North Atlantic School Chairs and Memorial University Associate Deans to ensure credit transfer arrangements are maximized and reported.

$           To develop reciprocal recognition of prior learning assessment and recognition.

$           To establish links with similar bodies in other provinces which have transferability of students and credits as their primary objectives.

$           To facilitate an exchange of information on developments within each sector of the public education system and to seek opportunities for joint collaboration.

$           To review and monitor the effect of changes in admission requirements by individual institutions in terms of their impact on the whole post-secondary system.

$          To inform members of program changes occurring at the public institutions.

$          To conduct other assignments as directed by Council.

 

Membership List

Co-Chair
Vice President  (Academic and Student Services)
College of the North Atlantic


Co-Chair
Associate Vice President (Academic) 
Memorial University of Newfoundland


Council on Higher Education representative


Assistant Registrar/Admissions Manager
Memorial University of Newfoundland


Manager of Curriculum and Learning Resources
Department of Education


Dean of Programs
College of the North Atlantic


Registrar
College of the North Atlantic


Director of Institutional & Industrial Education
Department of Education


Head, Division of Degree Studies and Research
Fisheries and Marine Institute


National Executive Representative
Canadian Federation of Students


Assistant Director for Rural Schools
Eastern School District

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