New Saskatchewan Polytechnic/U of S agreements expand options for students

November 18, 2014 – Graduates of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s BioScience Technology and Veterinary Technology programs will now be able to seamlessly transition into degree paths at the University of Saskatchewan.

The new options are the result of two transfer agreements that enable Saskatchewan Polytechnic students to carry over more academic credit to the university than ever before.

The first of the new agreements - signed between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the U of S College of Arts and Science - allows 60 units of transfer credit toward the college’s four-year or honours Biology program for graduates of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s two-year BioScience Technology program. This is known as a “two-plus-two” transfer agreement: After completing Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s two-year diploma program, students can earn a U of S degree after just two additional years of study.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the U of S College of Agriculture and Bioresources were the signatories of the other new agreement. Under this “one-plus-three” arrangement, graduates of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s two-year Veterinary Technology program are eligible for 30 transfer credits into the college’s four-year Animal Science or Animal Bioscience program.

Altogether, six transfer agreements now exist between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the College of Arts and Science, and two between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

"Saskatchewan Polytechnic grads are job ready. However, for those who want to pursue further education, these articulation agreements provide a bridge to different career opportunities. That's a win-win situation for all of us," says Lynda Kushnir Pekrul, dean of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s School of Animal and BioSciences.

“The U of S is pleased to continue expanding its recognition of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s course credit,” says Peter Stoicheff, dean of the U of S College of Arts and Science. “Transfer students from Saskatchewan Polytechnic have already proven their ability and their commitment to learning. The College of Agriculture and Bioresources and the College of Arts and Science are both enriched by their enrolment.”

Since 2006, the U of S has admitted more than 2,300 transfer students from Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 26,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

The University of Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s top 15 research-intensive universities, welcoming more than 20,000 Canadian and international students annually. Its signature areas of research strength include Aboriginal Peoples, agriculture, energy and mineral resources, animal and human health, synchrotron sciences and water security.

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