Brock part of provincial database to help transfer students

Monique Beauregard, transfer recruitment/admissions officer, helped get Brock online with a new provincial database that will make it easier for students interested in finishing their degrees at Brock to transfer here from another college or university.

Monique Beauregard, transfer recruitment/admissions officer, helped get Brock online with a new provincial database that will make it easier for students interested in finishing their degrees at Brock to transfer here from another college or university.

It’s getting easier for students attending other post-secondary institutions to finish their degrees at Brock University.

Brock is one of the first universities to be part of a new Ontario database that shows students the credits they’ve already earned and what they would need to complete their studies at the University, possibly saving them time and money in the process.

The database, called Course-to-Course Transfer Guide, launches Monday, Jan. 20 at ONTransfer.ca. Students will be able to enter their transcript information, such as course codes and descriptions, to make informed decisions about transferring into a specific Brock program.

The database is overseen by the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), a provincial organization tasked with co-ordinating credit transfer between colleges and universities.

Brock registrar Barb Davis said the Course-to-Course Transfer Guide is a valuable tool for students considering Brock as a transfer destination, as it helps her staff facilitate even more efficient and transparent transfer admissions decisions.

Last fall alone nearly 700 transfer students were admitted to Brock, she said.

“Brock is committed to supporting transfer mobility and improving the transfer experience for students,” said Davis. “Our collaboration with ONCAT on this project is an example of this commitment.”

The new database could save a business student studying elsewhere but wishing to transfer to Brock an average of $11,000 in tuition by showing them credits earned and needed. Meanwhile, the savings to taxpayers would be about $7,500.

“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,” says Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “The new course-to-course database will also save students time and money by giving them the information they need to avoid repeating courses.”

Brock is one of 34 Ontario universities and colleges to participate in this first phase of the program with the remaining 10 institutions expect to come online later.

The University received a one-time grant of $10,000 from ONCAT to offset any IT costs for the project.

Posted on January 16, 2014

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