From left to right: Henry Decock, Associate Vice-President, Academic and Research Planning, Seneca College; Joy McKinnon, Vice-President, Academic, Seneca College; David Agnew, Seneca College President; Susan Golets, Senior Manager, Program Standards and Evaluation Division, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; Rick Halpern, Dean and Vice-Principal Academic, University of Toronto Scarborough; Cheryl Regehr, Vice-Provost, Academic Programs, University of Toronto; and Franco J. Vaccarino, Principal and Vice-President, University of Toronto Scarborough and University of Toronto.
Agreement gives students opportunity to earn Seneca diploma and U of T degree in four years
TORONTO, September 18, 2012 – A new partnership between Seneca College and the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) will allow qualified Seneca students to transfer into an honours degree program at UTSC.
Under the pilot agreement, after two semesters of Seneca’s Liberal Arts program, students will be allowed to take courses at UTSC as non-degree visiting students. Those credits can later count towards a University of Toronto (U of T) honours bachelor of arts degree allowing students to earn a Seneca diploma and U of T degree in four years.
“This agreement helps to meet a long expressed need for greater recognition of work that college students already have completed when they choose to study at a university,” says Professor Rick Halpern, UTSC dean and vice-principal academic. “We are proud to introduce a new student pathway to university through this distinctive and innovative collaboration with Seneca College.”
“This pilot program provides qualified Seneca students with another seamless option to build on their education, and we are pleased to partner with UTSC to provide it,” said Seneca President David Agnew. “It speaks to our commitment to our students’ success by providing new and enriching opportunities, and ensures ongoing collaboration between our two institutions.”
The first cohort of students able to apply under this pilot agreement includes those initially admitted to Seneca’s Liberal Arts program in fall of 2011.
To celebrate this partnership, representatives from Seneca, UTSC, the University of Toronto and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will be on-hand for a signing ceremony on Tuesday, September 18, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ralph Campbell Lounge at UTSC (1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON).
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