Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Ontario Universities Welcome Credit Exchange Programs With Colleges

COU-LogoLast week it was reported that credit transfers save students and schools money. This week, Ontario’s universities said they would love to help that happen more.

The Council of Ontario Universities have said they are already deeply engaged in improving these transitions for students.

“Ontario universities are proud of the hundreds of partnerships we’ve already forged with Ontario’s colleges. We are building on our record of success and are engaged in new initiatives that bode well for the future,” said Alastair Summerlee, Chair of the COU and President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guelph.

Currently, over 500 credit transfer arrangements exist between Ontario’s universities and colleges. At the same time, the new Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), has over 60 projects underway to help students bridge the gap.

“It is important that we do not lose sight of the university’s mission to broaden the minds of this future generation of leaders – in this ever-changing global environment, students want skills that prepare them for life, whatever they choose to do,” said Bonnie M. Patterson, COU President and CEO.

The COU also pointed out that among students graduating in 2009 (the most recent data available), 87.5 per cent of university grads were employed full time within six months of graduation and 84.8 per cent of college grads found work in the same amount of time.

Ryan Leclaire
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