Ontario's credit-transfer system undergoes revision

March 1, 2012

This month, Ontario's College University Consortium Council will wind down and be replaced with the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), which will have a much broader mandate to develop new transfer opportunities for PSE students in the province. While its predecessor mainly facilitated the transfer of students from colleges to universities, ONCAT will also try to smooth the path for students moving from universities to colleges, from one college program to another, and from one university program to another. The Ontario government announced last year a $73.7-million investment over 5 years to support the development of a new credit-transfer system, with some of the funding awarded directly to institutions to provide orientation programs for transfer students, to appoint on-campus transfer advisers, and to introduce new credit-transfer policies. Some institutions have started taking steps to improve the situation, which has been described as "a bitter game of snakes and ladders." Algoma University recently adopted a new policy designed to simplify its credit-assessment process for college students, and the University of Guelph is exploring measures to boost its enrolment of college-transfer students. University Affairs