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Credit transfer saves Ontario's postsecondary students time and money

TORONTO, November 21, 2013 — Students who transfer among Ontario's 44 publicly funded colleges and universities save an average of $11,000 in tuition, plus more than a year of full-time study (student majoring in business), according to new data released today by the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT).

"With more than 21,500 students transferring each year in a variety of programs, it's clear that many students view access to different postsecondary experiences as useful to their success in the workforce," said Glenn Craney, Executive Director of ONCAT. "Credit transfer allows students to take advantage of a range of opportunities while saving time and money. By extension, this also translates into a $7,500 per student average savings to the taxpayer."

The Ontario government recognizes the potential of an efficient and effective transfer system, and, in 2011, established ONCAT as a means to promote student mobility among Ontario's publicly assisted postsecondary institutions. As part of a 5-year, $73.7 million commitment from the province, ONCAT is tasked with supporting institutions and government to develop the infrastructure required to promote student mobility, facilitate credit transfer innovation, and create a fully fledged accountability framework.

To date, there are over 600 pathways involving multiple institutional partners, and ONCAT has recently funded the development of about 65 more. These arrangements have created over 35,000 transfer opportunities for students. Most of these pathways are in programs in the highest demand by both students and employers, including business, health, social science, engineering, and liberal arts/general arts.

"The continued commitment of all 44 publicly funded college and university members is key to ONCAT's success," said Craney. "This collaborative approach has led to the establishment of a solid foundation on which to expand the network of transfer options for students."

That collaborative approach is exemplified by the fact that ONCAT is governed by a board of directors comprised of representatives from its membership, and is co-chaired by a college president (Don Lovisa, Durham College) and a university president (Dominic Giroux, Laurentian University).

"As we build an increasingly efficient and effective transfer system, more students will have the ability to gain the necessary skills and knowledge required to contribute to Ontario's knowledge-based economy," said Craney. "Students work hard to earn their credits, and deserve the opportunity to have them transferred when moving among institutions."

Quick Facts:

See the infographic.

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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 44 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
Communications Director
Telephone: 416-640-6951 x305
Cell: 416-986-2639
Email: Lia Quickert

ONCAT is funded by the Government of Ontario

Infographic text version available below

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Infographic text version:

ONCAT
Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer
180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1902
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8

ONTransfer.ca is a service provided by the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) to connect current and prospective students to transfer opportunities.

A member organization with participation of all 44 publicly funded colleges and universities in Ontario, ONCAT was established in 2011 to enhance academic pathways and reduce barriers for students looking to transfer among those institutions.

Student Transfer in Ontario

21,500: The approximate number of students who transfer within Ontario each year. 44 publicly funded colleges and universities plus the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer equals Ontario's credit transfer system.
More than 600 student pathways among Ontario's universities and colleges
More than 35,000 transfer opportunities

Flow of Transfer Students

20 per cent of transfer students flow from universities to colleges
40 per cent of transfer students flow from colleges to university
20 per cent of transfer students flow from colleges to colleges
20 per cent of transfer students flow from universities to universities

Top five transfer programs

Business (17%)
Health (15%)
Social Science (7%)
Engineering (6%)
Liberal or General Arts (5%)

$11,000 – average tuition saved per student based on the credit transfer of 1.3 years of full-time study (student majoring in business)

$7,500 – average savings to the taxpayer

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