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Conference Paper


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Presented at the Higher Education in Transformation Symposium November 2 - 4, 2016 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada


Pathway programs providing opportunities for students to more efficiently earn university degrees and college diplomas are proliferating in Canada and internationally. In Ontario, Canada, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College (DC) have jointly provided pathway programs for over a decade. These programs, in fields including science, health sciences (allied health sciences, kinesiology, nursing), social science and humanities (legal studies, criminology, commerce), nuclear power, and education (adult education, early childhood studies), facilitate inter-institutional transitions, and enable college graduates to obtain a 4-year (honours) university degree with as little as two additional years of study. This paper provides a quantitative, comparative analysis of the academic performance of pathway students (college-to- university transfer students) and their non-pathway, traditional counterparts (students who enter university directly from secondary school) enrolled in UOIT’s Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) and Bachelor of Allied Health Sciences (BAHSc) programs, and the collaborative UOIT-DC Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program. Results indicate that pathway students in these health sciences and nursing programs generally outperformed their traditional classmates in overall academic achievement; such results supporting the conclusion that college diploma programs in these areas tend to provide adequate preparation for successful pathway program completion.