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Research Spotlight: Christine Arnold 

PhD Candidate
Department of Theory and Policy Studies


Does increased knowledge of the transfer process and resources aid student transitions?


My research interest lies in an examination of students of two-year College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAATs) and Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning (ITALs) programs in Ontario who identify intentions to transfer to university. Students’ decision making processes, acquired knowledge, and resourcefulness in seeking transfer materials and the application of these materials is the focus of my analysis.

I hope my research will enable Ontario’s community colleges to offer more directed support, holistic teaching, information, and preparation for transfer students. I believe it will also lead to the development of simplified transfer applications, financial assistance, and practices put in place to assist the populations of students who most frequently transfer.

Christine works with Featured Research Celebration Professor Tricia Seifert

Tricia has been positive and influential to my work both in my PhD program and in preparation for my future career. As a young woman in academia, she is a role model, and I will continue to learn from her as I progress in my program. She provides endless support, resources, opportunities, and guidance in conducting research. She has expanded my area of interest in higher education to include a focus on student services and their function in Canadian community colleges and universities. The research we are currently working on is exciting, unique, and includes the collaboration of numerous institutions across Ontario.


I chose OISE as my destination for graduate studies long before completing my undergraduate career. The desire to attend OISE for my PhD came from the specialized higher education program alongside world renowned scholars working in the field. An opportunity to be taught, work with, and discuss current issues in higher education with these scholars solidified
my choice.

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