College of the Rockies has signed a block transfer agreement with Vancouver Island University which allows students who complete the College’s one-year Crime and Correction certificate program to enter year two of VIU’s Criminology diploma program.
Students enrolled in COTR’s program will be able to block transfer all of their COTR year-one credits to VIU and be on an equal footing with VIU students for entry into year two of the VIU program.
College of the Rockies’ Dean of Instruction Darrell Bethune says, “Our crime and correction certificate students will now have a smoother transfer experience into diploma and degree options in the Vancouver Island University criminology program. Essentially they will be treated as if they were VIU students applying for competitive admission into year two.”
“This is a terrific opportunity for students to begin their criminology education at College of the Rockies with small class sizes and more personal instruction before moving on to a larger institution,” he adds.
The COTR Crime and Correction certificate meets the first-year requirements of VIU’s Criminology diploma with the exception of Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions. This course, or an equivalent, may be completed online through a variety of institutions. It is recommended that students looking to transfer to VIU work with an education advisor at the College to ensure they meet all entrance criteria.
Vancouver Island University Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences John Black comments, “At VIU we have been impressed by the students who have come to us from College of the Rockies, and we are very happy to welcome more of them into our Criminology programmes. Our institutions share a common past and have similar ideals of post-secondary education: small classes, a mutually supportive cohort of students, direct interaction between students and professors, and intense theoretical discussion combined with practical workplace experience. We are looking forward to the deeper connection this new agreement affords.”
For more information on College of the Rockies’ Crime and Correction certificate go to cotr.ca/university.