Colleges Seek Reform to Help Students Combine College and University Education

Northern College Uncategorized

TIMMINS, ON: Northern College President Fred Gibbons joined college sector colleagues at Queen’s Park today to discuss measures to better facilitate credit transfer opportunities between colleges and universities with Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Brad Duguid.

Discussions focused on increased transparency surrounding institutions’ transfer credit policies and the need for standardized approaches to simplify processes, making blended credentials accessible and attainable to students looking to pursue college and university programs as part of their post-secondary education. Many students are already recognizing the benefits of combining college and university. Over the past five years, the number of university graduates applying to college has increased more than 40 per cent.

“It is our duty as leaders in education to advocate on behalf of our students and the communities we serve. Learners need access to career-focused programs as part of their post-secondary education and employers need access to a highly-skilled-work force,” said Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “An increase in measures to facilitate greater access to a blend of college and university education is a win-win situation for learners and the future of our labour market.”

Greater transparency and clearer processes will give college and university students looking to transfer to another institution a better understanding of how quickly they will graduate. This will help students make informed decisions that may allow them to enter the workforce quicker.

“More information and resources on credit transfer will help to reduce the number of courses a student will have to repeat once they have transferred from one institution to another,” said Curtis Bell, President of the College Student Alliance. “This change will encourage more students to pursue a mix of both college and university in the future.”

“Post-secondary education in Ontario must place a greater emphasis on providing students with the qualifications they need to find meaningful work,” said Gibbons. “We look forward to working with the government to enhance the province’s credit-transfer system.”

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