Ministry of Advanced Education

Degree Authorization

Degree Quality Assessment Board

The Degree Quality Assessment Board (the DQAB, the Board) was established by the Ministry to meet the statutory requirement under the Degree Authorization Act (DAA) for a quality assessment process.

The Board conducts quality assessment activities to ensure new proposed degree programs at both private and public post-secondary institutions meet consistent and high quality criteria. The Board is informed by government priorities and exercises its duty to address the following public policy objectives:

  • Increasing learner choice;
  • Ensuring quality education in degree programs;
  • Promoting a coherent and integrated post-secondary system; and
  • Promoting the protection of learners’ interests and ensuring appropriate use of publicly funded student financial assistance

The Board makes recommendations in support of the Minister’s statutory powers to approve new degree programs at BC’s public post-secondary institutions and those authorized under the DAA.