Students say: Credit transfer between post-secondary institutions saves money and expands access



    TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - Today's Toronto Star ran an opinion piece by
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations President Brian Brown
that raised concerns about the government's credit transfer plans. Students
believe that with proper funding and the cooperation of all of the
post-secondary education stakeholders, Ontario government's "Pathways
Initiative" can go a long way towards expanding access to college and
university education.
    "Students believe that the success of a province-wide protocol for
transferring credits between colleges and universities is dependent upon
proper funding from the government," said Shelley Melanson, Chairperson of the
Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "Improving credit transferability
will reduce the cost of educating students twice for the same course. This
money can be reinvested in public colleges and system-wide improvements."
    The Canadian Federation of Students estimates that unnecessary course
duplication currently wastes approximately $100 million a year in government
funding and at least another $40 million in student tuition fee payments.
Students believe that improved credit transfer will benefit students by:

    
    -   Expanding programme access throughout the province;
    -   Saving time and money that is wasted when courses have to be re-taken
        after changing institutions; and
    -   Enabling more students to study longer at an institution that is
        closer to home in order to save costs and maintain community ties.
    

    Comprehensive systems of credit transfer facilitation has been in place
in other jurisdictions, such as British Columbia and California, and have been
widely recognised as a great improvement to post-secondary education as a
whole.
    "Students believe that a new system of credit transfer can respect
academic freedom and quality standards while improving student mobility, cost
savings and learning opportunities," said Melanson. "The inclusion and
meaningful participation of all post-secondary stakeholders in the development
of a credit transfer protocol will help ensure that Ontario's education system
is the best one possible."

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university students studying at public post-secondary institutions
across the province.





For further information:

For further information: Shelley Melanson, CFS-Ontario Chairperson,
(416) 925-3825 or (416) 882-9927 (cell); Joel Duff, CFS-Ontario Organiser,
(416) 925-3825 or (416) 707-0349 (cell)


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