Dr. Anthony Secco, Vice-President Fredericton Academic, UNB.
The Council on Articulations and Transfer of New Brunswick (CATNB) is an especially important venture, “because I do not like having to do the same task twice” adds Anthony Secco (Former Chair of the CATNB). “Every year, several NB students are forced to repeat courses because we failed to have the proper articulations and transfers in place; this has a financial impact on the student, the government, and tax-payers.”
By improving articulations and transfers in NB, Dr. Secco hopes to encourage adult learners to further their education and develop new skill-sets which can then be applied in the marketplace to help stimulate our economy.
Articulations and transfer programs are not only for students but for learners in general. People gather a body of knowledge through several channels and experiences, and it is a misuse of time and resources to ask those individuals to re-establish that same knowledge elsewhere.
According to Dr. Secco “we should be concerned with what you know rather than where you learned it”. One of the CATNB’s goals will be to help adult learners properly assess their acquired knowledge and then have it officially recognized.
From its humble beginnings, the CATNB clearly understood its mandate was not reinventing the wheel. “Other provinces are already doing an excellent job… our goal is to adopt best practices and tailor them to New Brunswick’s needs” says Dr. Secco.
As Former Chair of CATNB, Dr. Secco is optimistic about the Council’s future plans. However, he clearly indicates that the CATNB’s ability to properly develop sustainable articulations and transfer programs in New Brunswick will rely heavily on the provincial government’s long-term commitment.