TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Students who transfer from college to
university to complete their undergraduate degree are likely to save
themselves and the government money, and they often earn grades
equivalent to students who go directly into university from high
school, according to a new study from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO).
College-to-University Transfer Arrangements and Undergraduate Education:
Ontario in a National and International Context finds that in most jurisdictions examined outside Ontario, the total
cost to students and the government of a degree earned through two
years at college followed by two years at university (2+2) is lower
than the cost of a four-year university program, with potential savings
of from 8-29% per student over the course of four years. Study author
David Trick notes that the 2+2 model is rare in Ontario, with most
college-to-university transfer arrangements requiring additional
courses that reduce or eliminate the potential financial savings.
The study uses published data on the transfer experiences in Alberta,
British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and nine U.S.
states, supplemented by interviews with higher education officials, and
compares these experiences with recent data for Ontario. Trick says
that better college-to-university pathways could make an important
contribution to meeting the growing demand for baccalaureate education
at an affordable cost. His study identifies three pathways for
Creating two-year university transfer programs at colleges in arts and
Expanding pathways from college career-oriented programs to university.
Expanding pathways from college career-oriented programs to college
These pathways are not mutually exclusive, according to Trick, and they
could be combined into a system where every graduate from a two- or
three-year college program with adequate marks would be guaranteed
admission to a baccalaureate program in his or her region.
The study notes that transfer policies are part of a broader framework
involving institutional structure, academic standards, accessibility,
financial assistance and student services. Trick cautions that the
transfer policy goals of other jurisdictions -- such as student choice,
more spaces, less duplication of credits or smoother administration --
may differ from Ontario's goals. "The experience of other jurisdictions
suggests that policymakers need to establish clear and quantifiable
goals, including appropriate deadlines and accountability," says Trick,
a former Ontario assistant deputy minister for postsecondary education
and now a consultant in higher education strategy and management.
Watch a video interview with study author David Trick.
About the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario
The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario is an agency of the
Government of Ontario, established in 2005 to contribute to the
improvement of Ontario's postsecondary education system. HEQCO is
mandated to conduct research, evaluate the postsecondary education
system and provide policy recommendations to the Minister of Training,
Colleges and Universities on improving system quality, access and
SOURCE: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario
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