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Access to Post-Secondary Education: Adapting to the Changing Landscape

Academic Bridging

A Symposium to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Academic Bridging Program

On November 18, 2017, Woodsworth College hosted Access to Post-Secondary Education: Adapting to a Changing Landscape - a symposium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the program. The symposium featured keynote speakers Lisa Boivin, Ann Lopez and Kimberley Tull, as well as a student panel and two concurrent sessions on access to post-secondary.


In 2000, the Pre-University Program evolved from an autonomous, stand-alone access program to become officially part of the Faculty of Arts & Science. The Academic Bridging Program is the primary access program for the Faculty, opening doors to post-secondary education for thousands of students over the years. 

In 2017, we celebrated the program's 50th anniversary. To survive for 50 years, the program has needed to adapt to the changing needs of society. The kinds of courses offered, delivery of courses, financial support and academic support have evolved to meet the needs of students - and the students themselves have changed. 



Student panelist Sean Frost at Access Symposium
Student panelist Sean Frost
Student panelist Joel Fisher at Access Symposium
Student panelist Joel Fisher
Ann Lopez at Woodsworth College
Keynote Speaker Ann Lopez
Student panelist Prilly Bicknell-Hersco at Access Symposium
Student panelist Prilly Bicknell-Hersco
Cheryl Shook, Registrar, speaking at the Access Symposium
Cheryl Shook, Woodsworth College Registrar
Student panel at the Access Symposium
Student panelists Sean Frost, Prilly Bicknell-Hersco, Joel Fisher and Carlos Arceo
Principal Joe Desloges speaking at the Access Symposium
Joe Desloges, Principal of Woodsworth College