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ERIC Number: EJ998779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
College-University Transfer Programs in Ontario: A History and a Case Study
Hurlihey, Victoria
College Quarterly, v15 n4 Fall 2012
In Ontario, the topic of increasing transferability between colleges and universities has recently attracted the attention of numerous individuals in the fields of higher education, politics and the local media--many of whom have suggested that increasing the availability of college to university transfer programs, also known as articulation agreements, would facilitate pathways to higher education for a greater number of students from diverse backgrounds. However, there are many issues surrounding the transfer of students from colleges to universities in Ontario, most of which are connected to the historical structure of the system of postsecondary education in the province. In this paper, the author argues that facilitating pathways between colleges and universities in Ontario will create a more socially equitable system of postsecondary education in the province for students who, for various reasons, do not have direct access to undergraduate university admission following high school. Such pathways will also facilitate student mobility between college and university programs for students who wish to gain a more diverse postsecondary education which will meet their specific career goals and interests. The author will frame her argument by examining the historical background of the structure of the Ontario postsecondary system, as well as reviewing the existing literature and research. She will also provide a case-study of the recently created transfer agreement between Seneca College and Woodsworth College at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Arts and Science, which has experienced much success. She believes that identifying the aspects of the Seneca-Woodsworth transfer program which have led to its success will strengthen the argument in favour of greater transferability between colleges and universities in this province, as well as provide guidelines for the creation of such programs in other postsecondary institutions. (Contains 6 endnotes.)
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. 1750 Finch Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M2J 2X5, Canada. Tel: 416-491-5050; Fax: 905-479-4561; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Canada (Toronto)