New Agreement Lets Ontario College Business Students Transfer Full-Year Credits to any College
Ontario’s 24 colleges have signed their first-ever provincewide agreement that recognizes the entire previous years’ credits when a student in a business diploma program transfers to the same program at another college.
The agreement, announced 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 in business programs, these pathways provide additional flexibility for a significant number of students.
The Wynne government has stated that expanding credit-transfer options and helping students make informed decisions about their post-secondary education is a priority. Ontario is investing $73.7 million toward credit-transfer improvements until 2016.
“This agreement is a significant and welcome step for the Ontario college system. Post-secondary education will be much more flexible and affordable for our students an provide more reasons for future students to choose a college education.”
Bill Best, President, Cambrian College
“Post-secondary students who transfer to another institution shouldn’t have to repeat courses they have already completed. This new agreement will help eliminate duplication and cut costs for students.”
Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal
“Ontario’s colleges and universities continue to strengthen their systems for transferring credits among post-secondary institutions. 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.”
Glen Craney, Executive Director, ONCAT
“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.”
Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
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.
About Cambrian College
Cambrian College has been a leading postsecondary institution in northern Ontario from the time its first classes were held in 1967. The College has a vibrant community of more than 11,000 full- and part-time learners and offers 80 full-time and nearly 900 part-time courses/programs. It provides programming at three campuses and online, serving a student population that is reflective of the rich diversity of today’s global workplaces.
About Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
For the second year in a row, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates of all 24 community colleges in Ontario. Moreover, 100% of all surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!
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