Imagine more students moving seamlessly between college and university – transferring credits, or starting a program in college, completing it at university, and then graduating with a joint degree that packs a one-two punch with future employers.
These are the kinds of innovative post-secondary opportunities that will be available to students as part of a new partnership between Lakehead University and the Georgian College University Partnership Centre.
“This is student-centred, student-focused learning at its best,” declared Lakehead University President Brian Stevenson. “We are creating new pathways without obstacles to higher education, for all students.”
Georgian College President and CEO Brian Tamblyn agreed the new partnership will enhance post-secondary options for students, and better meet the growing educational and economic needs of Simcoe County and beyond.
“It will expand student access, collaboration and innovation. Both institutions are genuinely excited about the potential to work together on mutually beneficial alignments and projects that will provide very attractive post-secondary opportunities for our students,” Tamblyn said.
Georgian and Lakehead publicly announced their new relationship today, signing a Memorandum of Understanding. Effective immediately, Lakehead University and Georgian College will work to develop seamless and effective pathways for students at both institutions. These pathways include:
- Credit transfer agreements;
- Joint delivery of programs in which a student could obtain both a Georgian diploma and a Lakehead degree;
- Course-to-course credits;
- Block transfer agreements; and
- Fast-track diplomas.
The partnership will also examine ways to enhance educational opportunities for Indigenous students, a key focus of both institutions. Collaboration on technology for distance learning will be investigated as well.
The partnership reflects provincial priorities to make post-secondary education more accessible and affordable for Ontario students and taxpayers. It also fits within Georgian’s existing University Partnership Centre.
Lakehead and Georgian will collaborate on partnership programs that have not been offered to area students in the past and that do not duplicate any of the programs offered by Georgian’s existing partners.
Stevenson says this is a win-win for students, at both institutions, saying, “We are interested in collaborating with Georgian to create pathways and delivery modes that benefit all learners. This is the start of a long-term relationship with Georgian to increase accessibility for post-secondary education for all students, and better serve our communities.”
Tamblyn agreed the opportunities are endless. “From our first conversations, we were all excited by the spirit of collaboration and innovation that everyone brought to the table. We believe together we can do great things for students,” he said.