TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Students who transfer among Ontario's 44
publicly funded colleges and universities save an average of $11,000 in
tuition, plus more than a year of full-time study (student majoring in
business), according to new data released today by the Ontario Council
on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT).
"With more than 21,500 students transferring each year in a variety of
programs, it's clear that many students view access to different
postsecondary experiences as useful to their success in the workforce,"
said Glenn Craney, Executive Director of ONCAT. "Credit transfer allows
students to take advantage of a range of opportunities while saving
time and money. By extension, this also translates into a $7,500 per
student average savings to the taxpayer."
The Ontario government recognizes the potential of an efficient and
effective transfer system, and, in 2011, established ONCAT as a means
to promote student mobility among Ontario's publicly assisted
postsecondary institutions. As part of a 5-year, $73.7 million
commitment from the province, ONCAT is tasked with supporting
institutions and government to develop the infrastructure required to
promote student mobility, facilitate credit transfer innovation, and
create a fully fledged accountability framework.
To date, there are over 600 pathways involving multiple institutional
partners, and ONCAT has recently funded the development of about 65
more. These arrangements have created over 35,000 transfer
opportunities for students. Most of these pathways are in programs in
the highest demand by both students and employers, including business,
health, social science, engineering, and liberal arts/general arts.
"The continued commitment of all 44 publicly funded college and
university members is key to ONCAT's success," said Craney. "This
collaborative approach has led to the establishment of a solid
foundation on which to expand the network of transfer options for
That collaborative approach is exemplified by the fact that ONCAT is
governed by a board of directors comprised of representatives from its
membership, and is co-chaired by a college president (Don Lovisa,
Durham College) and a university president (Dominic Giroux, Laurentian
"As we build an increasingly efficient and effective transfer system,
more students will have the ability to gain the necessary skills and
knowledge required to contribute to Ontario's knowledge-based economy,"
said Craney. "Students work hard to earn their credits, and deserve the
opportunity to have them transferred when moving among institutions."
Ontario's credit transfer system comprises Ontario's 44 publicly funded
colleges and universities, and the Ontario Council on Articulation and
Approximately 21,500 students transfer within Ontario each year.
There are more than 600 pathways involving multiple institutional
partners. These pathways lead to more than 35,000 transfer
opportunities for students.
Ontario's top five transfer programs are: business, health, social
science, engineering, and liberal arts/general arts.
A student majoring in business will save an average of $11,000 in
tuition (based on the credit transfer of 1.3 years of full-time study),
with an additional $7,500 average savings to the taxpayer.
See the infographic.
Established in 2011, the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer
(ONCAT) was created to enhance academic pathways and reduce barriers
for students looking to transfer among Ontario's 44 publicly funded
colleges and universities. As a member organization, it works with
those institutions to develop transfer credit policies and practices to
ease student mobility.
ONCAT is funded by the Government of Ontario
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SOURCE: Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer
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