For the first time in its history, the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) held a workshop specifically for small and northern institutions. The workshop was co-hosted by Algoma University and Sault College. Yesterday, representatives from the ONCAT and Northern Ontario post-secondary institutions spent the day on the Algoma U campus discussing how to foster better collaborations amongst institutions which will meet the needs of Northern Ontario students.
“We were exceptionally pleased to be co-hosting with Sault College the ONCAT mini-conference on both our campuses, bringing together representatives from all the universities and colleges across the north of Ontario,” said Dr. Richard McCutcheon, Academic Dean of Algoma University. “This was an important opportunity for our faculty and administrators to work together and collaborate with other Northern Ontario post-secondary institutions. It was crucial for our institutions to meet together to identify possible collaborative efforts to ensure that Northern Ontario students are receiving and have means to receive a post-secondary education in their own community.”
Established in 2011, the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) was created to enhance student pathways and reduce barriers for students looking to transfer among Ontario’s postsecondary institutions. Since its inception, ONCAT has effectively worked with its membership comprising all of the province’s 45 publicly assisted colleges and universities and implemented a solid foundation for a credit transfer system. To date, ONCAT has increased opportunities for students, helped postsecondary institutions collaborate in building enhanced pathways, and supported knowledge gathering and research.
The all-day ONCAT Workshop discussed how to further incorporate Aboriginal content into curriculum; how northern institutions must differentiate their approach to collaborations; and how to foster further collaborations amongst institutions which will benefit Northern Ontario students, ensuring they remain within the region.
“We are pleased to sponsor this inaugural workshop on pathway development for small and northern institutions,” said Glenn Craney, Executive Director of ONCAT. “As a result of our college and university partners strengthening their collaborations in the north, students are able to remain within the community, and contribute to building a stronger, more diverse and sustainable northern economy.”
Post-secondary institutions represented at the workshop included Algoma U, Northern College, Cambrian College, Sault College, Confederation College, and Lakehead University.