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The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission has issued
guidelines to assist universities and community colleges in the
Maritime Provinces to develop joint or "articulated" programs.

The objective is to bring the strengths of colleges and
universities together, to benefit students in providing more
timely access to both occupation-specific and general post
secondary education.

The kinds of programs envisaged under the guidelines will go
beyond simply transferring credits from one type of post
secondary institution to another. These will be truly joint
programs, with some components offered through a community
college and others through a university.

In the future other types of institutions may also be involved.
There may be a single credential awarded at the end of the
program (which might be a degree, including an "applied degree"
or a diploma) or two credentials (a diploma and a degree). These
arrangements are expected to vary in individual cases.

"This is an exciting new development in post secondary education
in the Maritimes" said the commission's interim chair, Prof.
David Cameron of Dalhousie University. "I look forward to a new
level of co-operation among universities and colleges that will
better serve students."

The commission's guidelines are designed to provide latitude for
a wide variety of joint programs, and at the same time ensure
that students' experiences are as rewarding as possible.

Institutions will be encouraged to combine academic and
occupational content throughout the program, to include co-op
placements, internships or practicums, and to establish industry
advisory groups.


Contact: Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission

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