Student mobility refers not to just the ability of students to choose where to pursue their education, but the more comprehensive understanding of students as independent agents who – as their own needs and desires change – require the ability to move from one institution to another to achieve their educational objectives.
Students seek credit transfer or recognition of prior learning for family, geographic, or even financial reasons. Successful transfers lead to savings for students who do not have to pay to repeat learning, and for the Province as well, which avoids duplicate per-student funding. Given the current economic position of Ontario, it is imperative to recognize that system mobility is a low-cost approach to improving efficiency and the student experience.
OUSA’s Mobility and Credit Transfer policy offers solutions to problems that currently undermine the transparency, consistency, and student support structure of the current mobility landscape, both university-to-university and college-to-university.