Working Group to Explore Transfer Student Retention, Accelerated Programs

January 27, 2012 - Campus Bulletin

The University of Guelph will be exploring ways to recruit and retain college transfer students and assessing student demand for an accelerated three-year honours undergraduate degree program via a new working group.

Established by Maureen Mancuso, provost and vice-president (academic), the Mobility and Pathways Working Group will focus on increasing enrolment from students transferring from community colleges inside and outside of Ontario. The group will review and recommend changes to practices and procedures affecting prospective students coming from community colleges.

It will also look at the feasibility of offering three-year accelerated honours degree programs.

“Transfer students come to university armed with previous knowledge and experiences, and their needs and expectations are often different from those of traditional students,” Mancuso says.

“Our goal is to look at how we can attract and sustain this unique student group by improving services and transparency and helping to streamline the transfer process.”

Chaired by Brian Pettigrew, assistant vice-president (institutional research and planning) and registrar, the working group will comprise program counsellors, admissions staff, faculty and administrators.

Members will consult with the campus community, in particular faculty, staff and students involved in registration, orientation, financial aid programs and academic advising.

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