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ERIC Number: ED524825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 84
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 67
Transferability and Post-Secondary Pathways: The Role of Canadian Colleges and Institutes
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
This paper describes the programs and services colleges have in place to facilitate student mobility, and documents the main regional and provincial/territorial mechanisms to facilitate transfer of post-secondary credits from one institution to another. Because there are many terms used to describe elements of post-secondary transferability and student mobility, we have included a list of definitions on page v. ACCC developed a Pan-Canadian Protocol for the Transferability of Learning that was endorsed by 107 institutions across all provinces and territories, and has been involved in federally-funded initiatives to support domestic and international student mobility. This paper draws on the results of the two Statistics Canada surveys that examined student pathways through post-secondary education at a national level to summarize the pathways of college students. The "Youth in Transition Survey" (YITS) found that the most common form of post-secondary education was college. The results of the "National Graduate Survey" found that a higher proportion of college graduates than university graduates had previous post-secondary education experience and a significant proportion of college graduates also went on to pursue further education. A survey conducted by ACCC and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) found that pathways into apprenticeship are not direct from high school, as most apprentices had been employed for some time before going on to post-secondary training. It also found that the majority of apprentices who had taken apprenticeship preparation programs at high school or college had received credit towards their current program. The paper describes labour mobility provisions and programs that have effects on transfer of credits and credential recognition among post-secondary systems, notably the Agreement on Internal Trade, Chapter 7 on Labour Mobility and the Red Seal Program supporting interprovincial recognition for 50 trade credentials. Appended are: (1) ACCC Pan-Canadian Protocol for the Transferability of Learning; (2) Memorandum of Understanding between Royal Roads University and ACCC; (3) List of Red Seal Trades; (4) List of Degrees Awarded by Colleges, Institutes, Polytechnics and Universities with a College Mandate; (5) Post-Secondary Provincial/Territorial Transfer Guides; and (6) Overview of Seven Key Elements of Credit Transfer in 50 U.S. States. (Contains 9 tables, 3 figures and 25 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; European Union; United States