FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, September 29th 2014 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) applauds the implementation of a collaborative framework between the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). Under this new framework, 228 post-secondary education institutions have committed to work together to educate more than 2.5 million students each year.
“CASA has been calling on post-secondary institutions to better collaborate and is pleased to see a joint action put forward”, said Jonathan Champagne, Executive Director of CASA. “A post-secondary system that encourages institutional diversity and different approaches will have a positive effect on students’ learning experience and provide them with the proper tools to excel in the workforce”.
Among the principles outlined in the framework, CASA supports a call to strengthen pathways for student mobility and credit transfers. Streamlining the credit transferability process allows learners to forge new educational pathways within the higher education system. Better coordination between institutions will remove unnecessary barriers to student mobility.
“The benefits of credit transferability extend beyond the convenience and cost savings of accessing education when and where it is needed. It creates a more seamless learning environment and an openness to experimentation”, notes Champagne. Students look forward to seeing concrete steps take place in the near future.
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Established in 1995, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit national student organization composed of 22 student associations representing 280,000 post-secondary students from coast to coast. CASA advocates for a Canadian post-secondary education system that is accessible, affordable, innovative and of the highest quality.
FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Jonathan Champagne, Executive Director
Office: 613-236-3457 ext. 222