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									Implementing Ontario’s Credit Transfer System

                     Presentation to
     Student Pathways in Higher Education Conference

                       January 26, 2012

          Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
             Marie-Lison Fougère, Assistant Deputy Minister
                        Susan Golets, Manager
                   Geri Smith, Senior Policy Advisor
• What have we achieved?
  Progress of CT Implementation

• Where do we want to be?
  ‘Mature state’ Credit Transfer System

• How do we get there?
  Credit Transfer System Components and Vision
  Policy Framework
  Transfer Model Framework
  Detailed updates on key elements:
     Innovation Fund
     Institutional Grants
     Accountability Framework
  Next steps for implementation

Designing Ontario’s Credit Transfer System

• In January 2011 Ministry announced an investment of just under $74 million over
  five years to support the development of a province-wide credit transfer system.

• The new system was developed in close collaboration with the postsecondary
  sector including student organizations and representatives from colleges and
     ‒ Credit Transfer Steering Committee
     ‒ Credit Transfer Working Group

• Key components of the credit transfer system have all been endorsed by the
  Steering Committee

Key Achievements

Key achievements over the past year include:
   ‒ The release of a policy framework to guide the implementation of the new
      Credit Transfer System
   ‒ A new credit transfer website to provide transparent information on transfer
      opportunities for student
   ‒ A new, independent, and sector-based, council responsible for central
      coordination of the credit transfer system
   ‒ An accountability framework to track and monitor system progress
   ‒ Institutional Grants that provide new supports for students such as transfer
      advisors and orientation programs
   ‒ A new Credit Transfer Innovation Fund to develop and expand credit
      transfer pathways in demand areas
   ‒ Funding to support Research projects to develop best practices and fill
      knowledge gaps

A ‘mature-state’ credit transfer system

By 2014-15 the system will:
•   Ensure a seamless transfer system that maximizes student access and choice
•   Provide students and stakeholders with comprehensive information on pathways available
    to achieve specific occupational and academic goals
•   Enable students to move from one Ontario credential to another without repeating
    equivalent prior learning
•   Provide students with timely and up-to-date information on credit transfer through an
    interactive website that includes:
     a) opportunities for students to record searches and save results to a personal account
     b) a fully searchable database of educational pathways moving in many directions (i.e. C-U, U-
        C, U-U, C-C, A-C, C-A, etc.)
•   Support institutional systems that provide students with information on transfer credit
    granted at the time of registration
•   Provide integrated student services for transfer students in all institutions, including early
    notification of transfer credit granted, orientation programs and student support services
•   Provide reliable information on student mobility supported by comprehensive institutional
    data and a robust research program
Province-wide Credit Transfer System Vision and Components

 By 2015, Ontario will have a comprehensive and consistently applied credit transfer mechanism
 that facilitates and promotes student mobility, by assisting qualified students to move between
 publicly funded postsecondary institutions without repeating prior, relevant learning successes

                  Policy             Tracking and               Transfer
                                                                                         n and
                Framework             Research                  Models
  Core                                                                               Transparency
                                            Accountability Framework

                                                 Coordinating Body

                                               Funding Framework

Policy Framework

•    Transforming the current ad-hoc credit transfer process requires a multi-year approach leading to a
     comprehensive credit transfer system that will truly serve students/learners

•    Government has a vital leadership role to play, otherwise the system will continue to be a patchwork
     of practices


                                                  Credit Transfer System Vision
                                               • Navigate the postsecondary system effectively
                                               • Reduce duplication of prior relevant learning
              Students                         • Reach preferred educational destination faster

    College                 Universi
       s                      ties

                                                 Goals of the Credit Transfer System
                                       • Expand and improve transfer pathways
                                       • Improve transparency and access to information about pathways
                                         and credit transfer
                                       • Support student success

Transfer Model Framework:

•   The framework acts as a guide for the development of student pathways and
    attempts to reflect the needs of both students and institutions

•   The Steering Committee agreed to initial focus on College-University transfers

•   Three components are included in all Transfer Agreements:
       1. Partners to the Agreement: The number of institutions participating in the
       2. Curriculum Analysis: The process through which learning equivalency is
       3. Transfer Credit Mechanism: The way in which the credit is applied by the
          receiving institution

•   Consultation has begun to expand the framework beyond the College-University
    (C-U) transfer pathways to include other pathways (U-C, C-C, U-U,

                              Ontario Credit Transfer Models
                               Bilateral             System
                              Multilateral                                           Regional

  Course-by-course                     Analysis of Program Learning           Student record of successful
  comparison                           Outcomes                               postsecondary at diploma or
                                                                              advanced diploma level; program
                                                                              affinity is not relevant

                                Transfer Credit Mechanism
Direct entry with course     Direct entry to a           Direct entry with         Direct entry with
credit toward degree         specific point in a         course credits            undifferentiated block credit
requirements                 program with                toward program            equal to a specific entry point of
                             block credit                requirements              a degree (usually 3rd year)
Assigned     Not
                           With            Without    Assigned        Not            With              Without
                           Bridge          Bridge                     assigned       Bridge            Bridge

Credit Transfer Innovation Fund
• To support the development of new credit transfer models and student
  pathways, particularly in high demand program areas
• In January, 2011, a joint CUCC-MTCU call for participation in innovation fund
  projects was issued to colleges and universities
• The Call solicited projects consistent with the new system and policy statement
  and focused on supporting pathways that enable graduates of college programs
  to move seamlessly into degree programs in Ontario Universities
Current Status
• Almost $4M in projects were selected for funding (14 projects); all projects have
  begun and are anticipated to be completed between fall 2012/winter 2013
• Outcomes from most projects - pathways, bridging programs, etc. - are
  expected to be implemented with a first intake of students in summer or fall
• The coordinating body released a Call for Expressions of Interest for research
  projects that relate to increasing knowledge and understanding of transfer
  activity and transfer student experience/success

Credit Transfer Institutional Grants
• New supports are being provided to institutions for implementing the credit transfer
  system to:
  ‒ improve resources such as introducing dedicated transfer advisors and orientation programs
  ‒ increase participation in credit transfer assessment and pathways
  ‒ improve information systems for tracking and reporting on credit transfer activity and student
• The Ministry has entered into a transfer payment agreement with each of the 44 publicly
  assisted postsecondary education institutions in Ontario
• Institutions report to the Ministry to outline the institution’s credit transfer activities

Current Status
• Final reports from institutions for grants provided in 2010-11 show substantial progress in
  developing supports for credit transfer students, and enhancing institutional practices
• Institutions have also laid some groundwork for capturing more credit transfer information
  in their student information systems
• New two-year agreements (2011-12, 2012-13) for grants have been signed by all
  institutions, enabling the first instalment of funds to be flowed

Credit Transfer Accountability Framework

• The accountability framework will include both a funding model and a set of performance indicators that
  ‒ Provide the mechanism through which: (1) system-wide goals and institutional participation and
      activities are set out and (2) results are reported
  ‒ Link funding to measurable and auditable credit transfer activities
  ‒ Enable public reporting on the progress to facilitate the movement of students through the
      postsecondary education system
  ‒ Allow the ministry to monitor and evaluate the success of the credit transfer system, conduct policy
      analysis and research; and to pursue continuous improvement in the design and implementation of
      the province’s credit transfer system

• A Technical Working Group (TWG) was established in Spring 2010 (with representatives from CO,
  COU, CUCC, universities and colleges) to advise the Ministry on the development and implementation
  of the accountability framework

Current Status
• A short-term funding model for Institutional Grants was developed in consultation with the TWG in
  winter 2011; this model will remain in place for two years (2011-12 and 2012-13)
• Discussions continue to finalize interim and long-term indicators, required data elements and a long-
  term funding framework
• A Definitions Task Group has been established to work through the operational definitions of each
  proposed performance measure

Next Steps
• Expand coordination of Ontario’s credit transfer system

• Continue focus on innovation and research
   • Innovation and Research funding to expand new pathways (e.g.
      university to university; college to college; college to university;
      university to college, and transfers to and from apprenticeship)

• Develop and introduce an accountability framework to track and monitor
  system progress

• Identify data needs and address gaps to begin tracking against identified
  performance measures

• Develop Institutional Guidelines to articulate Ministry policy and grant
  eligibility and requirements for institutions

• Continue development and enhancement of the credit transfer website with
  a focus on expanding information available on the transfer guide to include
  university-university, college-college and university to college transfer

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