Government heeds students' call to establish credit transfer system for Ontario

TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Students welcome the Ontario government's plans to introduce a province-wide credit transfer system for colleges and universities. Students have been actively involved in a government-led initiative to examine the creation of a credit transfer system and are pleased that their recommendations are reflected in today's announcement.  

"Students have long called for a system that would accommodate the demand for greater academic flexibility and address the problems that students face when trying to transfer credits from one institution to another," said Sandy Hudson, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "This is the first step toward establishing a system that will not only save the Ontario public post-secondary system money, but will also save students millions of dollars."

In March 2010, the Federation released Our Bright Future: Credit Transfer, which highlighted the benefit of investing in and expanding learning pathways by supporting and increasing access for students who transfer from a college or university. The report estimated that credit duplication as a result of incongruent systems cost students $40 million and the government $100 million annually.

"Students are increasingly looking to earn more than one post-secondary designation, change their degree or diploma path, or change schools due to the high cost of many programs, personal circumstances, or specialized programs that are offered at particular institutions," said Hamid Osman, National Executive Representative for the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "Improving students' ability to change programs or schools will open more opportunities to gain new credentials or improve access for those who live outside of college or university catchment areas."

In the absence of a province-wide system, more than 500 separate agreements exist between institutions. However, the lack of coordination to recognize credits and lack of cooperation between institutions has led to increased confusion, inconsistency and duplication for students who have wanted to transfer college or university credits.

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

Our Bright Future: Credit Transfer can be found at this link.


For further information:

Sandy Hudson, Ontario Chairperson: 416-925-3825 or 416-722-8842 (cell)
Nora Loreto, Communications Coordinator, 416-925-3825 or 416-846-6672 (cell)

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