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Gateways Project

Moving Forward in Prior Learning: A Report from the Gateways Project reported on the Pan-Canadian Pathways Project (Arscott, Crowther, Young and Ungarian, 2006, 39-59). Funded by the Learning Initiatives Program of HRDC and sponsored by Athabasca University the project “facilitated the establishment of a more consistent block and course transfer arrangement between colleges and Athabasca University by working with partnering programs to establish rigorous process and procedures, that applied consistently, would produce comparable results.” (39)

Among the 122 human services related programs awarded block credit transfer, the largest number of awards were made to Early Childhood (29), disability related (20), Social Work (16) and recreation related (14). Child & Youth, Educational Assistant and health related programs accounted for another eight programs each. The study concluded that human-services related programs offered across Canada were highly similar regardless of variations in the packaging of the content within colleges, between colleges and across jurisdictions as well as over time.

Dr. Jane Arscott led the Pan-Canadian Gateways project, which “researched the validity of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) as a method of assessment to respond effectively to demands from employers, educators, policy makers, and citizens in rural, remote and urban settings to receive recognition of learning from any source” (Arscott, Crowther, Young, and Ungarian, 2007, p. 1).

This research project's final report, Producing Results in Prior Learning: A Report from the Gateways Project (2007), is available as a PDF (644KB).

Updated February 18 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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