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Ontario taking steps to expand student mobility across Canada

TORONTO, October 1, 2015 — Last week, members of Ontario’s colleges and universities met with 100 postsecondary leaders from across Canada at an inter-provincial transfer forum to discuss expanding student mobility across jurisdictions and on a national basis.

Hosted in British Columbia by the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT), and the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT), the councils responsible for facilitating credit transfer activities in those provinces, the forum allowed administrators the opportunity to share best practices, and discuss challenges and solutions in order to foster more pan-Canadian coordination so that students can receive fair and consistent recognition for their postsecondary education within Canada.

“As the organization responsible for student mobility among the 45 publicly funded institutions in Ontario, we were pleased to co-sponsor this forum given the significance of credit transfer for students,” said Glenn Craney, Executive Director of ONCAT. “We know that students today regard access to different types of education as vital to their success in the workplace. Students transfer because they believe it is essential that they equip themselves with a diverse range of skills in a way that best speaks to their own interests and aptitudes in order to successfully contribute to today’s knowledge-based economy.”

In Ontario, more than 21,500 students transfer in a given year among postsecondary institutions. Students also move in all directions both from certificates and diplomas to degrees but also from diploma to diploma, degree to degree and degree to diploma. Between 20%-30% of students who graduate with a certificate or a diploma look to continue their studies within six months of graduation.

While credit recognition is becoming increasingly well-established in Ontario, as well as the other jurisdictions, students moving beyond provincial borders to continue their postsecondary education have relatively limited access to information on credit transfer agreements between institutions on a national basis. This forum is a first step in an ongoing process in developing solutions for expanding student mobility on a national basis.

A report on the learnings and outcomes will be released in the coming weeks.

Established in 2011, the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) was created to enhance academic pathways and reduce barriers for students looking to transfer among Ontario's 45 publicly funded colleges and universities. As a member organization, it works with those institutions to develop transfer credit policies and practices to ease student mobility.

For details contact:

Lia Quickert
Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Director, ONCAT
Telephone: 416-640-6951 x305
Email: Lia Quickert

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