Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer

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The Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT) is an independent body created in 1974 to facilitate transfer agreements between the various post secondary institutions in Alberta.[1] Alberta was the first province to develop a standard procedure for this process.[2]

The need for ACAT grew particularly in response to the complex situation of students who had attended colleges and wished to transfer their credits in order to attend a university.[3] ACAT facilitates the required negotiations between all stakeholders,[4] and maintains a database of the articulated courses. In 2000 the council initiated a process to develop a common grading system for Alberta universities.[5]

The ACAT course database is accessible to students through its website, and the council has also made an app available.[6]


  1. ^ "Legal, Ethical and Privacy Issues Affecting Data Sharing Among Ontario's Higher Education Institutions in Interinstitutional Collaboration". College Quarterly. Paula Green and Brian Baumal. Volume 22 • Issue 2 (2019)
  2. ^ Glen A. Jones. Higher Education in Canada: Different Systems, Different Perspectives. Routledge; 25 June 2012. ISBN 978-1-136-60121-7. p. 86, 90.
  3. ^ "Governing Post-Secondary Education and Skills in Canada". The Conference Board of Canada. page 29.
  4. ^ Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT) "About ACAT" retrieved July 24, 2008,
  5. ^ "From My Perspective – A new grading system". The Voice, December 18, 2002, Debbie Jabbour
  6. ^ "Transferring credits between college and university can be rocky". Maclean's, by Louise Brown, Nov 28, 2016

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