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In 2006, Ontario's colleges received funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for the Improving College System Pathways Project. The project goals were to significantly increase educational pathways within and between colleges by developing a clearer understanding of student mobility within the system; to identify the scope of the issues related to mobility and the barriers which may exist; to design system-wide strategies; and to encourage colleges to address issues related to student mobility. The project consisted of a research study on student mobility within the college sector and four demonstration projects. The research study aimed to: (1) Develop a better understanding of the scope and nature of college-to-college transfers and the perceptions of students about the transfer process; and (2) Identify any unnecessary barriers to college-to-college transfers. The research findings provided an important basis for the vice-presidents, academic, to develop strategies to improve the transfer process. The research findings indicate that most students who transfer between colleges are satisfied with the process; the vast majority of students seeking to transfer from one college to another found the process relatively easy, and most had their credit expectations met. Based on data collected for this project, it is estimated that between two to four per cent of first-year students have transferred mid-program to another college. Appended are: (1) Overview of Projects; and (2) College to College Mobility Protocol.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Student Mobility, College Students, Educational Improvement, Surveys, Apprenticeships, Outcomes of Education, College Transfer Students, Higher Education

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