Seneca and University of Toronto partner for student success

Signing of agreement gives students opportunity to earn Seneca diploma and U of T degree in four years

TORONTO, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Seneca College and the University of Toronto (U of T) are pleased to announce a unique post-secondary partnership that shortens the time it takes eligible Seneca students to earn a diploma and a degree at both institutions to four years.

The Student Success Partnership Agreement gives students the opportunity to begin their studies at Seneca and complete them at U of T earning both a Liberal Arts diploma and a university Bachelor of Arts degree in four years.

The two institutions will sign a formal partnership agreement on Thursday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. at Kruger Hall, Woodsworth College, St. George Campus, 119 St. George Street, Toronto.

"Our partnership provides qualified Seneca students with a seamless option for continuing their education in the Honours BA Program in U of T's Faculty of Arts and Science," said Seneca President David Agnew. "It speaks to our commitment to our students' success and ensures ongoing co-ordination and collaboration between our two institutions that will allow us to explore further opportunities for our students."

Students in the program spend their first two years at Seneca, while taking two or three U of T courses. They complete their studies with a third and fourth year entirely at the university's St. George campus.

"The small classes, feedback from professors and support from Seneca make the Liberal Arts program an ideal foundation for students who want to go on to successfully pursue a degree at the University of Toronto," said Nicolas Esper, Liberal Arts graduate who is transitioning into a full-time U of T student.

Alternatively, after completing the first two years at Seneca, students have the option of continuing their studies at U of T as partial load or part-time students - allowing for more flexible learning.

"We're delighted to help students reach their goals and achieve success through this innovative partnership," said U of T Vice-Provost Cheryl Regehr.

In 2008, Seneca's Liberal Arts program and the Faculty of Arts and Science at U of T established a pilot project that paved the way for this partnership agreement.

With 10 campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas and certificates renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Combining the highest academic standards with practical, hands-on learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensures Seneca graduates are career-ready. senecacollege.ca

The University of Toronto has assembled one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in breadth and depth on any other Canadian campus. U of T faculty co-author more research articles than their colleagues at any university in the U.S. or Canada other than Harvard. As a measure of impact, U of T consistently ranks alongside the top five U.S. universities whose discoveries are most often cited by other researchers around the world. Established in 1827, the University of Toronto today operates in downtown Toronto, Mississauga and Scarborough, as well as in 10 renowned academic hospitals.

Backgrounder

Partnership Agreement: Seneca College and the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto

History of the Program:

  • In 2006, the College-University Consortium Council created the Changes Fund competition in order to promote innovative pilot programs directed at facilitated transfer agreements between Ontario colleges and universities.
  • The grants received by the successful applicants would recognize the work needed to assess the curricula and the additional academic transitional support needed to ensure success.
  • A joint proposal between the Liberal Arts Program at Seneca College (formerly General Arts and Science) and the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto (U of T) was awarded one of these grants in the spring of 2007.
  • The proposal outlined the desire on the part of both institutions to negotiate a facilitated transfer agreement that would provide qualified students who complete the two-year Liberal Arts diploma with a clear and expeditious pathway toward completing a subsequent Bachelor's degree at the University of Toronto.
  • Following discussions between representatives from both institutions over the course of the next year, a Letter of Understanding in support of a pilot program between the Liberal Arts Program at Seneca and the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto was signed in July 2008.
  • After the completion of a successful pilot project it was determined by both Seneca and U of T to proceed with a signed agreement between the two institutions formally establishing the partnership in May 2011.

Signing ceremony

On May 26, 2011 a formal agreement will be signed at Woodsworth College, U of T. The agreement between Seneca and the Faculty of Arts and Science, U of T allows eligible Seneca Liberal Arts students to spend their first two years at Seneca, while taking several U of T courses. Students then complete their studies with a third and fourth year entirely at U of T.

The program shortens the time it could take to earn a diploma and a BA separately and provides a seamless transition and cost-effective option for students. Alternatively, after completing the first two years at Seneca, students have the option of continuing their studies at U of T as partial load or part-time students - allowing for more flexible learning.

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Seneca President David Agnew

"Our partnership provides qualified Seneca students with a seamless option for continuing their education in the Honours BA Program in U of T's Faculty of Arts and Science," says Seneca President David Agnew. "It speaks to our commitment to our students' success and ensures ongoing coordination and collaboration between our two institutions that will allow us to explore further opportunities for our students."

Rohan George

"Seneca's Liberal Arts program refines you, teaches you how to be a scholar," said Rohan George, Liberal Arts graduate who is transitioning to be a full-time U of T student. "I know for a fact that I wouldn't be able to excel at U of T without Seneca."

Nicolas Esper

"The small classes, feedback from professors and support from Seneca make the Liberal Arts program an ideal foundation for students who want to go on to successfully pursue a degree at the University of Toronto," said Nicolas Esper, Liberal Arts graduate who is transitioning to be a full-time U of T student.

Lucelle Stewart

"The Liberal Arts Program is very eclectic with courses conducive to furthering one's studies," said Lucelle Stewart, Seneca Liberal Arts graduate and full-time U of T student. "It added to my knowledge base in many ways and still continues to influence my studies at the University of Toronto."

University of Toronto Vice-Provost, Academic Programs Cheryl Regehr

"We're delighted to help students reach their goals and achieve success through this innovative partnership."

For program-specific courses and requirements go to: http://senecacollege.ca/fulltime/LAT.html


SOURCE Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

For further information:

Seneca College Media Relations 
416-491-5050 ext. 7018

University of Toronto Media Relations 
416-978-0100

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