IAHLA has been informed that the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology (the Ministry) has released its Green Paper on the Quality Assurance Framework (the Framework) for British Columbia’s post-secondary institutions. This paper responds to feedback from over 100 submissions received in 2012 and outlines a framework to support continual improvement in the post-secondary education system.
The Ministry is now seeking input from stakeholders on the implementation phase of the Framework. The results of this round of consultations will inform policy direction and any required changes to legislation.
The consultation period will run from March 4 to April 12, 2013. In addition to the web-based survey, the Ministry will hold discussion tables, beginning the week of March 18, 2013. An invitation to the sector discussion table will follow.
To maintain British Columbia’s competitive advantage and leadership position in providing quality post-secondary education, the Framework sets out fundamental requirements for change. Key components of this model are:
- Comprehensive Oversight of the post-secondary education system to ensure all institutions engage in good quality assessment practices. The Framework will include the following sectors:
- Private theological institutions;
- Private language schools;
- Private post-secondary academic (non-degree granting) institutions;
- Aboriginal-controlled institutes;
- Private degree-granting institutions;
- Private career training schools; and
- Public post-secondary institutions.
- Streamlined Processes for assessing institutional eligibility for the StudentAid BC designation, Education Quality Assurance designation and to enrol international students.
- Respect Existing Good Practice to allow institutions with mature quality assessment policies and practices to gain increased autonomy over program quality assessment and realize cost savings from reduced external oversight by the quality assurance governing body.
- Enhance the Student Experience by providing students with the information they need to make good educational choices, making it easier to address their concerns about the quality of education, and safeguarding tuition in the event of institutional closure.
- Strategic System Development to ensure that a broad range of educational choices and opportunities are available to learners at various stages of their lives.
The Ministry is requesting that you review the Green Paper on the Quality Assurance Framework and should you wish to submit comments, please do so by April 12, 2013.
Your participation is greatly appreciated and will help inform our work towards a new Quality Assurance Framework.
Ian Rongve, Ph.D.
Assistant Deputy Minister
Sector Strategy and Quality Assurance Division
Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology