DataPilot: Transfer Pathways Uptake and Student Outcomes


Since 2011, ONCAT has supported the development and implementation of transfer pathways between colleges and universities that respond to student demand, labour market needs, and community/regional priorities. While hundreds of pathways have been launched, there has been no systematic monitoring of student uptake of such pathways or subsequent outcomes. Improving institutional capacity to monitor and report on pathway traffic and associated student outcomes (e.g., graduation rates) is key to the development of a more robust and seamless transfer system. Over the next three years, ONCAT is committed to working with our partners to improve the capacity for pathway monitoring across Ontario colleges, universities, and Indigenous Institutes.
As a first step towards this broader goal,  ONCAT is committed to working with our partners to improve the capacity for pathway monitoring across Ontario colleges, universities, and Indigenous Institutes, supporting each institution to participate in a pilot to assess student uptake of transfer pathways, along with the characteristics and outcomes.

Become a DataPilot Partner Institution

ONCAT is aiming to work with a cross-section of Ontario postsecondary institutions with varying levels of reporting capacity and resources to inform the development and sharing of procedures and “best” practices. In 2020-2021, ONCAT has worked with six postsecondary institutions to participate in the first phase of the DataPilot: Algoma University, Fanshawe College, First Nations Technical Institute, Lakehead University, Ontario Tech University, and Trent University, and added four more institutions: Fleming College, York University, Brock University, and Canadore College. 
Institutions that participate in this DataPilot will receive:
  • Funding to support in-house data clean-up, linkage, and analysis focused specifically on transfer students. Funding will range from $30,000 to $55,000, depending on the scope of work and level of reporting agreed upon by ONCAT and each participant. Larger requests will be considered based on institutional capacity needs. 

  • In-kind analysis from ONCAT's research team. Once data reports are submitted, ONCAT may perform its own analysis and share these with institutions. This is a confidential process and helps to inform next-step projects.  

  • Opportunity to apply for DataPilot Phase 2 funding to support next step projects. Institutions that complete the DataPilot are eligible for additional funding to implement next step data projects or continue to address data reporting capacity needs identified in the first phase. 

  • Pilot Partner Learning Forums: Institutions selected will participate in 2-3 meetings to share approaches, learning, and recommendations.

Project Deliverables

This pilot is intended to support institutional capacity-building, with the intent of improving reporting and tracking of transfer student in the sector. All information provided to ONCAT through this project will remain confidential.

The main deliverable is a report that includes:

  1. Data on transfer student uptake and outcomes (anonymized and/or aggregate data depending on what is most feasible for the institution). To preview the Data Collection Template, click here. Data elements include:
  • Counts of transfer applications & registrations
  • Admission averages
  • Average credits awarded for students traveling different pathways
  • Completion rates by pathway types
  • Transfer student demographics (e.g., Gender)

*Note: Collection of OEN and personal information data fields are not required

  1. Examples of technical details and resources used (e.g., syntax for analysis, process maps)
  2. Reflection on data reporting enhancement opportunities/feasibility challenges


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


How to Apply

  • Applications are accepted through our online portal here.
  • For more information and If you would like to discuss the DataPilot, please reach out to: