Bridging to University: Collaborating with Colleges

Apr 8, 2018 by

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William Gough –

Bridging programs that allow access to university education for students who are unable to gain direct entry are not new, although the names—bridging, pathway or articulation—may be relatively recent.

My father’s life was transformed by one such bridging program in the 1950s. My father was an excellent athlete, a runner, the City of Toronto 1-mile and 2-mile champion in the early 1950s. However, for various reasons he failed to complete successfully his last year of high school, which severely limited his prospects. He was talented, gregarious, and clearly had unrealized academic potential. He had a strong desire to become a teacher but no regular teacher’s college would admit him to their one-year program given his final high school year performance. But there was one college that offered a two-year program that provided a second chance. He took this opportunity and excelled. Subsequently, he earned a bachelor’s degree. He did this by night and summer courses while working and raising three children! This gave him the standing to pursue two other degrees. Clearly he was capable and fortunately he was provided a pathway to success. He did become a teacher for over thirty years, becoming an expert on learning disabilities.

This story, although deeply meaningful for me personally, is not unique. I have heard many similar stories of individuals whose lives were changed because they were given a second chance to succeed.

This personal example reinforces my deep commitment to access to education at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) and the desire to provide pathways for prospective students to come to university. This is a desire shared by many in the postsecondary education sector. Most of our students arrive by accepting an offer as part of a direct admission process largely based on high school performance. However, we are aware there are many whose high school performance may not reflect their true academic potential. How do we provide a way for these students to succeed at university?

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