Today representatives from Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina signed a transfer credit agreement that spans seven Sask Polytech programs and two U of R schools, allowing students to transfer between institutions.
After completing a diploma at Sask Polytech, graduates who meet entry requirements will have the opportunity to transfer into an undergraduate degree program. As a result, students would be able to graduate with both a diploma and a U of R degree after four years of study.
“One of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s strategic goals is to facilitate learning pathways to support lifelong learning,” says Anne Neufeld, provost and vice-president, Academic, Saskatchewan Polytechnic. “This agreement expands and reconfirms decades of co-operation between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina to provide pathways for our health science and recreation graduates.”
This agreement means graduates of Sask Polytech’s Therapeutic Recreation diploma or Recreation and Community Development diploma can transfer into the third year of the U of R's Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Studies (BSRS) to continue their education. Up to 60 credits can be transferred to complete the BSRS-Sport and Recreation Management program or a BSRS-Therapeutic Recreation program.
Additionally, Sask Polytech students looking to graduate with a U of R Bachelor of Health Studies can transfer up to 60 credits earned from one of the following diploma programs:
• Dental Hygiene advanced diploma
• Health Information Management diploma
• Advanced Care Paramedic diploma
• Cytotechnology diploma
• Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology diploma
Students can graduate with a Bachelor of Health Studies degree from U of R’s Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, and the First Nations University, one of the University’s three federated colleges.
“Our formal—and longstanding—transfer agreements with Saskatchewan Polytechnic have proven extremely beneficial for students, from both institutions,” says Dr. Thomas Chase, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), University of Regina. “Together, we’re graduating much-needed professionals in Healthcare and Sport and Recreation.”
The two post-secondary institutions have maintained a robust academic partnership for more than 20 years, creating comprehensive pathways for their students.
About Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 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.
About The University of Regina
The University of Regina—situated on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota and Lakota nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, 15,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties. The University has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. In 2017, the University of Regina was ranked in the Top 200 Best Young Universities in the world by Times Higher Education.
Published September 2017.