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
"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
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.
SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF STUDENTS
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)