Ministry of Advanced Education

Degree Authorization

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DECEMBER 2012

REVIEW OF DOUGLAS COLLEGE'S PROGRAMS IN CHINA

In December 2011, based on concerns that were raised regarding the standards and operations of Douglas College's business programs delivered in China, a quality assessment review was conducted by the Degree Quality Assessment Board. This report has been posted on the Ministry's website to ensure public accountability and confidence in institutions regulated and designated by the Province.

MAY 2011

REVIEW OF THE DEGREE APPROVAL PROCESS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

A review of the Degree Approval Process in British Columbia was launched in the fall of 2010 in order for government to review processes and criteria currently employed for evaluating and approving new degree proposals from institutions authorized to grant degrees in the Province. The Advisory Panel’s Report makes 35 recommendations to government on how to improve the degree approval process and the post-secondary system. As the Ministry moves into the next phase we are continuing to work closely with post-secondary institutions and other partners to assess the implications and feasibility of the panel’s recommendations, and develop a plan to implement any changes that may result.

AUGUST 2010

INSTITUTIONS NOT AUTHORIZED TO GRANT DEGREES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development has posted a list of unauthorized institutions linked to British Columbia for the protection of the citizens of British Columbia and current and prospective students.  The list contains institutions which have claimed to offer degrees and operate in or from British Columbia or that have been linked to British Columbia in some way.  These entities do not have authority to operate in or from British Columbia as degree granting institutions.

JUNE 2008

NEW APPOINTMENT TO THE DEGREE QUALITY ASSESSMENT BOARD

On June 15, 2008, the Minister of Advanced Education made the following appointment to fill a recent vacancy on the Degree Quality Assessment Board:

  • Thomas Johnstone, chair of the advisory board of the International Property Tax Institute for a term ending May 5, 2010.

Further information about the Degree Quality Assessment Board and its membership may be found at about the board.

MAY 2008

NEW APPOINTMENTS TO THE DEGREE QUALITY ASSESSMENT BOARD

On May 16, 2008, the Minister of Advanced Education made the following appointments to fill recent vacancies on the Degree Quality Assessment Board:

  • Nicholas Rubidge, president of the College of the Rockies, as chair of the board for a term ending May 5, 2011.
  • John Stubbs, former president of Simon Fraser University, for a term ending May 5, 2010.
  • Robert Rogerson, vice-president of University Canada West, for a term ending May 5, 2010.
  • Richard Tees, current board member reappointed for a term ending May 5, 2011.

Further information about the Degree Quality Assessment Board and its membership may be found at about the board.

APRIL, 2008

RENEWAL OF CONSENT GUIDELINES FOR PRIVATE AND OUT-OF-PROVINCE PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS

Under the Degree Authorization Act Standard Terms and Conditions of Consent, a consent period for private and out-of-province public institutions is normally five years.  Consent holders are required to submit a new application to undergo the Degree Quality Assessment Board process to determine if the consent period will be extended.

These guidelines are posted under the criteria and procedures pages for private or out-of-province public institutions.

MAY 1, 2007

INSTITUTIONS CLOSED

Information is now available on institutions that were operating in British Columbia but have now closed. Please refer to the Institutions Closed website for more information and options available to students faced with an institutional closure.

FEB. 8, 2007

LANSBRIDGE UNIVERSITY TO CLOSE MAY 1

"Lansbridge University will close on May 1, and the Province will assist students by appointing a liaison to help them transfer to other schools to complete their education," Advanced Education Minister Coell said today as he released an independent inspector’s report.

December 2006

NEW CRITERIA IN EFFECT

On Dec. 11, 2006, new criteria came into effect for:

  • Degree program review
  • Organization review self study
  • Exempt status

When the quality assessment process was first established, the Degree Quality Assessment Board agreed that once it had been operating for a time, the criteria and processes would be reviewed.

Over the past year, the board consulted with institutions and stakeholders. The board’s recommended changes have been approved by the Minister of Advanced Education.

The new criteria documents, an overview of the changes to the criteria, and diagrams showing the new workflow are posted under the criteria and procedures pages for B.C. public institutions and private or out-of-province public institutions.

Submissions made before Dec. 11, 2006, will be assessed using the original criteria and processes put in place in November 2003.

November 2006

UPDATE ON USE OF 'UNIVERSITY'

The criteria for use of the word “university” by institutions under the Degree Authorization Act are still under revision. No new applications from British Columbia-based institutions will be accepted until spring 2007. Applications from universities already established in other jurisdictions, including those that were operating in British Columbia before the Degree Authorization Act, will be accepted to allow those institutions to apply for minister’s consent by April 11, 2007, as required by the act.

June 2006

ANNUAL REPORT POSTED

The board’s annual report for April 1, 2005, to March 31, 2006, is posted on the board’s website under Annual Reports.