Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2008

May 2007

Standards on Academic Staff for Baccalaureate Programs

In March 2007, a subcommittee of CAQC finalized standards with respect to academic staff teaching in undergraduate programs. The standards are available on this website on the Documents and Forms page.  

CAQC Expectations for Design and Structure of Undergraduate Degrees

For some time a subcommittee of CAQC has been developing expectations for the design and structure of specific undergraduate degrees. Council recently posted the expectations for some degree programs on the website on the Documents and Forms page. The subcommittee continues its work on other types of undergraduate degrees.  

CMEC Ministerial Statement on Quality Assurance of Degree Education in Canada

In April 2007, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) issued a press release to announce the endorsement of the Statement by all provinces and territories. The CMEC announcement is available from the home page of the website

One element of the Statement is the Canadian Degree Qualification Framework, a document that clarifies the purposes, aims, and relationships among different degree levels (bachelor, master's and doctoral) and describes the expectations of graduates of each level. The Framework is used when assessing new degrees to determine the appropriate level of the degree and CAQC's reviewers have already used it in a number of program reviews. As Council believes the Framework is also an important tool for institutions designing new degree programs, it is posted separately on the Documents and Forms page.     

OECD/UNESCO Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross-border Higher Education

The emergence and growing importance of cross-border education has ignited debate on quality assurance and protection of students from low-quality education and disreputable providers. The OECD/UNESCO guidelines can be accessed from the Related Links page. Institutions that plan to deliver approved degree programs outside Alberta will find this document useful.

Alliance University College - Nazarene University College becomes Ambrose University College

Alliance University College (AUC) and Nazarene University College (NUC) have become a single entity, Ambrose University College. Approval to offer all previously government-approved degree programs for both institutions now resides with Ambrose.

October 2006

Council's second Annual Report for the period 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006 was approved and is posted on Council's Web site under Publications.

Distance Delivery Standards

Council has been working to develop additional program assessment standards for programs delivered at a distance and in doing so consulted with stakeholders including the Private Accredited Post-secondary Institutions Council (PAPIC), the Alberta Universities Association (AUA) and the Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes (AACTI). The final version of the document Additional Quality Assessment Standards for Programs Delivered at a Distance is posted on the Program Assessment Standards page.

Guide to Teams

A new document, the Guide for Teams Conducting Comprehensive Evaluations, has been posted on the Documents and Forms page. Like the other guides, it is primarily written for the benefit of Council's evaluator teams but is also a valuable resource for institutions undergoing a comprehensive evaluation by CAQC (along with the document Hosting a Site Visit).

Future Meeting Dates

Council is scheduled to meet on the following dates:

  •    11 and 12 December 2006
  •    15 and 16 February 2007
  •    14 and 15 June 2007
  •    7 and 8 September 2007

July 2006

A press release announcing the appointment of Council's new Chair, Dr. Ron Bond, is posted on this Web site under Press Releases. Please also see the Council Membership for other changes to Council's membership.

In order to facilitate the review of applications from different kinds of institutions and comprising different degree levels and types, Council has prepared an Academic Freedom and Scholarship Policy. The policy will inform Council's reviewers when they assess the applicant institution's policies and procedures with respect to academic freedom, institutional integrity and scholarly activity. Although for some degree-granting institutions there already exists a tradition of research and teaching immersed in a culture of academic freedom as is commonly understood in North America, for others this concept may still be evolving. Therefore, for institutions proposing to offer their first degrees, the policy will be particularly useful as a guide in developing or strengthening their own academic freedom, institutional integrity and scholarship policies and procedures. The document is now available under Documents and Forms.