Universities, Colleges, Community Colleges, UT and Its Students

Universities have been around for a couple of millennia acting as points of gravity for thinking and research on subjects that now range from ancient Greek to sub-atomic physics. Since original thinking and innovation doesn’t occur in isolation, a collective of thinkers provides the necessary stew of conversation and inquiry. Some universities, like Trent, have smaller communities of scholars called colleges (not the same as community colleges like Fleming). In fact, the word “collegial” describes a group of professionals who get along better than the mere obligations of the job require.

Ontario’s community colleges were founded in 1967 and were originally intended to teach applied knowledge. They have evolved over the years, as has the view that some knowledge is “just theory” and other knowledge is “practical.” The ancient Egyptians, whose mathematics allowed them to build the pyramids, might not have cared for that distinction, of course.

Within Fleming College, faculty were able to develop the University Transfer curriculum (a term describing sensibly linked courses) as a program of study for students who want a different first-year experience or who don’t meet the typical entrance requirements for university. We provide small classes, a maximum of interaction with the five to seven faculty teaching in the program, and plenty of opportunity for one-on-one instruction and discussion.