UCN Creates New Pathways for Certificate and Diploma Graduates
May 08, 2017
University College of the North (UCN) is creating new educational pathways by offering students with certificates or diplomas from public Canadian colleges the ability to transfer those credits directly into an Arts degree offered by UCN. Under this arrangement, students with a 3.0 grade point average in their college program are eligible to transfer up 15 credits for a certificate, 30 credits for a 2-year diploma, and 45 credits for a 3-year diploma into any of UCN’s 3-year and 4-year Arts degree options.
“Similar to arrangements in other provinces, this block transfer plan allows certificate and diploma graduates new opportunities to continue their education at UCN and more efficiently complete a degree,” said Harvey Briggs, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Business, and Science. “Students will be able to customize academic credentials to better fit their career paths, giving them additional advantages in the labour market.”
Under this arrangement, credits from certificate or diploma programs can be used in place of elective courses in UCN’s Arts degrees. For example, students earning a two-year diploma in a business program could have those credits replace up to 30 credit hours of optional courses in Aboriginal and Northern Studies, English, or History degrees. This approach provides students with a college credential the opportunity to complete a 3-year university program in two years, or a 4-year program in three years.
“UCN is proud to be able to help college graduates to continue their education,” said UCN’s President and Vice-Chancellor Konrad Jonasson. “Students graduating with certificates and diplomas have practical skills that are highly valued in the labour market. Transferring college credits into Arts degree programming will help to support lifelong learning and ensure that UCN’s students have more options allowing them to achieve their career objectives and contribute to the social and economic development of their communities.”
The new block transfer arrangement does not require students to surrender their college credentials, and is effective immediately.
For more information please contact:
Harvey Briggs, Dean
Faculty of Arts, Business and Science
University College of the North