April 28, 2011 — Transferring from one college to another, from college to university or university to college often means students lose credits already earned. Sometimes it means starting again.
An examination of student transferability and mobility in Canada, released today by ACCC, calls for clearer pathways to post-secondary credentials.
“Spending extra unnecessary years in school is a cost burden both for individuals and for governments,” says ACCC President and CEO James Knight. “Tax revenues are sacrificed when careers are delayed. Employers suffer when they cannot find the skilled graduates they need to grow their businesses. Transferability of credits and credentials is a pressing issue for Canada.”
Transferability and Post-secondary Pathways: The Role of Colleges and Institutes probes the complexity of provincial mechanisms and agreements that exist between colleges and universities. It also examines student mobility and pathways through post-secondary education.
“With 70% of jobs requiring post-secondary credentials, we must make it easier for students to transfer credits between institutions,” says Knight. “It will enable young people to graduate with employment-ready advanced skills more quickly, and allow displaced workers to accelerate the acquisition of new skills.”
ACCC is working with key education stakeholders to establish a pan-Canadian framework that would define clear pathways for students as they progress through post-secondary education.
For more information:
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Tel.: (613) 746-2222, ext. 3116