The Project is being led by ARUCC through the ARUCC Groningen & Student Mobility Steering Committee. ARUCC is a separately incorporated entity representing colleges, institutes, and universities from across Canada.
The Committee's authority is outlined in the formal Steering Committee Terms of Reference which were reviewed and approved by ARUCC. The Committee is led by a chair, Charmaine Hack (former president of ARUCC - 2016 to 2018; current registrar at Ryerson University) and a vice-chair, Dr. Rob Fleming (board member of PCCAT; current executive director of the British Columbia Council of Admissions and Transfer).
The ARUCC members at the June 2018 biennial meeting formally voted on the Project's road map and focus. At that time, the members indicated ARUCC should continue to do the following:
The Steering Committee meets twice per month and is tasked with leading all aspects of the Project including overseeing a Request for Proposal for a national solution, and establishing a supporting implementation plan and a long-term governance framework for the national data exchange network.
Joanne Duklas of Duklas Cornerstone Consulting serves as the Executive Consulting Lead for the Project. She is a former registrar and president of ARUCC (2012). Joanne and her team provide strategic and operational support for the Project.
McPherson Management is providing financial and additional operational support to the Project.
The Steering Committee establishes other subcommittees as appropriate to the Project needs and phasing. When additional committees and working groups are created, it will be featured on this page.
Legal, privacy, and technial expertise will be hired as the Project evolves.
The ARUCC Groningen & Student Mobility Steering Committee is seeking volunteer representatives from the membership to submit nominations for participation in a new Technical Advisory Committee for the national student data exchange platform.
** Nominations are now closed. **
The Steering Committee is seeking nominations from representatives of higher education organizations within Canada who fulfill the following criteria:
Those selected to participate in the committee will be expected to sign a formal letter adhering to the above that is copied to their direct supervisor.
All meetings are anticipated to be virtual and will likely happen every three to four weeks. It is anticipated that the Technical Advisory Committee will meet from January to June 2019, the anticipated end of the RFP process. Advance and follow up reading of relevant materials will be required by each member (e.g., national survey results, business requirements for the RFP, and other like materials). Participants may be asked to formally comment on documentation in writing and provide confidential technical advice during a potential RFP process.
First meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee:
January 8, 2018 11am - 12:30pm PST, 2-3:30pm EST, 3-4:30pm AST
Web conferencing instructions will be emailed directly to those chosen to participate in the committee.
Questions regarding the Technical Advisory Committee?
ARUCC Groningen Project Briefing Note May 29, 2018
ARUCC Groningen Project Briefing Note Winter 2018
Background Note to Briefing Note Winter 2018 - Case for Change
Information on Spring 2018 Sessions
ARUCC Project Short Presentation January 24 2018
Fall 2017 Project Briefing Update
Consultation Summary (update March 2018)
Fall 2017 PESC Data Summit (Toronto)
June 2017 Bulletin
ARUCC's History with Groningen
The ARUCC Groningen Team in action at the 2018 Groningen Declaration Network Annual Meeting
Left to Right: Romesh Vadivel, Joanne Duklas, Charmaine Hack, Dr. Rob Fleming
ARUCC is pleased to announce two data exchange research projects which complement the national ARUCC Groningen & Student Mobility Project.
The research goals for both projects include the following:
(i) identifying the current state and readiness for exchanging student data; and
(ii) capturing expert advice on required policies and infrastructure changes needed at the local and system levels to facilitate change.
The research projects aim to explore six questions:
The research approach for both the ONCAT and BCCAT projects includes literature reviews and a national survey. Both projects will also include consultation meetings with institutional associations and allied organizations within each provincial jurisdiction. More information on each project is provided below.
BCCAT project - more information...
ONCAT project - more information...
The national survey seeks to provide the ARUCC, BCCAT, and ONCAT projects a current understanding of practices and perspectives regarding institutional and organizational capacity for data exchange. Participation in the survey is voluntary. The data from the survey will be used to support these three projects. All responses will be themed and/or anonymized to respect the privacy of each respondent.
The leadership for the three projects have agreed to use one survey to ensure the findings serve all studies equally. This approach was deemed appropriate given that it would maximize input and minimize effort on the part of institutions and allied organizations. To support focused analysis appropriate for each region, the survey requires participants identify the home province of their institution or organization.
Survey Background Information
ARUCC's national project conducted in partnership with PCCAT, CUCCIO, and CanPESC, is focused on creating an innovative, trusted, national student data exchange network to facilitate transfer and mobility. It directly aligns with the need to remove systemic barriers that impede seamless transfer across Canada and internationally. Endorsements for this project have arrived from post-secondary institutions and provincial and national organizations from across Canada. These two provincial projects extend the consultation and research and focus on heightening an understanding of the provincial contexts in two very complex and large regions. The opportunity to engage in province-specific analyses results from the funding support provided by BCCAT and ONCAT.
The three projects serve broader goals given the focus on digitization and data exchange including creating a 'Made in Canada' data exchange ecosystem that seeks to resolve document fraud, enhance credential recognition practices, and facilitate the transition of students into institutions and future employment. These initiatives also advance other goals such as those embedded in the recent study by the University of Ottawa Centre for International Policy Studies and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Internationally, this Proposal aligns with the Lisbon Recognition Convention and the Groningen Declaration Network Organization, each of which seek to improve student transfer through data exchange and enhanced recognition of prior post-secondary studies.
The Groningen Declaration Network is an international organization that “…seeks common ground in best serving the academic and professional mobility needs of citizens worldwide by bringing together key stakeholders in the Digital Student Data Ecosystem.”
The overarching goal of the Groningen Declaration is to create a framework to improve the international mobility of people, promoting world-wide education and economic development through the secure electronic exchange of postsecondary student information. ARUCC became a signatory to the Groningen Declaration principles in 2015.
We have prepared a one-page briefing document which explains the Groningen Declaration Network. You can use this material when seeking to have your organization become a signatory to the Declaration (available online).