TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Ontario's 24 colleges have signed the colleges' first-ever provincewide agreement that grants recognition for entire previous years' credits when a student in a business diploma program transfers to the same program at another college.
"This is a breakthrough agreement among all colleges that will help eliminate duplication and cut costs for students," said David Agnew, the president of Seneca College and chair of Colleges Ontario. "For transfer students in business, this represents a substantial savings of time and money."
The agreement, announced today by Colleges Ontario and the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), applies to students in accounting, business administration, human resources and marketing programs.
This unique universal college agreement allows students to easily transfer among all college business programs across Ontario.
The agreement means that business students who transfer at the end of their first or second year will receive full credit for their completed courses. Given the high enrolment of business programs, these pathways provide additional flexibility for a significant number of students.
"Ontario's colleges and universities continue to strengthen their systems for transferring credits among post-secondary institutions," said Glenn Craney, the executive director of ONCAT. "We are pleased that all of the province's 24 colleges have signed this agreement which demonstrates their high level of commitment to institutional collaboration on student mobility."
Expanding credit-transfer options and helping students make informed decisions about their post-secondary education is a priority for the Wynne government. Ontario is investing $73.7 million toward credit-transfer improvements between 2011 and 2016.
"Our government knows a strong credit transfer system will lead to a more effective and cost-effective post-secondary education for students across the province. That's why we continue to work with our sector partners to make Ontario's post-secondary education system more seamless, flexible and affordable," said Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Colleges Ontario is the advocacy organization for the province's 24 public colleges.
ONCAT was created to enhance academic pathways and reduce barriers for students looking to transfer among Ontario's publicly funded institutions. More than 21,500 students transfer within Ontario each year. ONCAT's support for those students includes producing the Course-to-Course Transfer Guide, which can be found at ONTransfer.ca.
Ontario's colleges are working to develop similar provincewide agreements for other program areas.
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SOURCE: Colleges Ontario
For further information: Karen Horsman, Manager, Media Relations and Communications, Colleges Ontario, 647-258-7686, [email protected]; Lia Quickert, Communications Director, Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer, 416-640-6951, ext. 305, [email protected]