Academic credit transfers go online

by | Jan 31, 2014 | News

By Sonya Kahlon

News Reporter

The Ontario government has created a new database that will make it easier for students to transfer credits.

“The progress we’ve made implementing a strong credit transfer system will lead to a more valuable and flexible postsecondary education for students across Ontario,” said Brad Duguid, minister of training, colleges, and universities, in a news release.

According to Jennifer Smith, admissions manager at Humer College, the Course-to-Course Transfer Guide will help students switch post-secondary schools without having to take or pay for the same course twice. This database, which went online Jan. 20, shows which school will give credits for the courses the student has completed.

“There were 210,500 transfers (in the province) last year,” said Glenn Craney, executive director of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer, adding that business, health, engineering, social sciences and humanity courses were the top five transfer programs.

The post-secondary institutions that signed on in the GTA are Humber College, Sheridan College, Centennial College, Durham College, Seneca College, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, McMaster University, Brock University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and York University.

ON Transfer is talking to the remaining institutions to finalize the timelines. “No one said no,” Craney said.

Lia Quickert, communications director of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer, expects other schools to follow suit. “We anticipate having those 12 institutions loaded into the Course-to-Course Transfer Guide by the end of March.”