Brock Students’ Union works for student mobility in Ontario

Brock Students’ Union works for student mobility in Ontario

On Wednesday May 16, 2012 the Board of Directors at the Ontario Council for Articulation and Transfer held its first official meeting as the new organization takes its inaugural steps towards improving student mobility within Ontario.

The Ontario Council for Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) was formed in 2011, as a successor organization to the College University Consortium Council.  ONCAT is designed to be a facilitative and advisory body to a number of provincial authorities, with a mandate to support academic collaboration and the development of credit transfer pathways among Ontario’s publicly funded colleges and universities.   Facilitating the ability for students to transfer earned academic credits between the post-secondary institutions they attend can reduce duplication of prior learning, and optimize post-secondary options for students.

The eleven (11) member ONCAT board has representation from Ontario college and university administration, as well as from student, graduates, and the public. This year’s board composition includes, Dominic Giroiux, President of Laurentian University; Don Lovisa, President of Durham College; Mohammad Ali Aumeer, George Brown College Student Association;  and  Luke Speers, Brock University Students’ Union, as well as other representatives from the post-secondary education sector.

Luke Speers is currently the Vice-President, Finance and Administration at Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU), and is the current Treasurer of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.  Speers previously held the role of Vice-President, University Affairs, where he authored a policy paper on credit transfer and student mobility for the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. Speers says he is “…excited for the opportunity to continue working to improve the credit transfer experience for student in Ontario.”

ONCAT and its Board of Directors are striving to keep student mobility at the forefront in the hopes of creating a flexible and competitive Ontario workforce in the 21st century.  The ability for students to move between institutions and programs to suit their needs will advance Ontario’s ability to compete in the global market place, and to create focused, driven, and well educated leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

For more information on ONCAT and BUSU’s involvement with the organization, please contact Luke Speers, BUSU Vice-President, Finance & Administration ([email protected]).

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