Ministers responsible for advanced education endorse a statement on quality assurance of degree education in Canada



    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - Provincial and territorial ministers responsible
for advanced education are pleased to announce the endorsement of a statement
on quality assurance (attached). The statement contains three elements:

    
    1.  The Canadian Degree Qualifications Framework
    2.  Procedures and Standards for New Degree Program Quality Assessment
    3.  Procedures and Standards for Assessing New Degree-Granting
        Institutions

    Ministers affirm that the primary purposes for endorsing the statement are

    -  To provide assurance to the public, students, employers, and
       postsecondary institutions at home and abroad that new programs and
       new institutions of higher learning meet appropriate standards and
       that performance against the standards will be assessed by appropriate
       means

    -  To provide a context for identifying how degree credentials compare in
       level and standard to those in other jurisdictions, with a view to
       facilitating the search for continuous improvement, the education and
       training of an internationally competitive workforce, and
       international recognition of the quality of Canadian credentials

    -  To improve student access to further study at the postsecondary level
       by establishing a degree-level standards context in which policies on
       the transfer of credits and credential recognition may be developed
       and, in fairness to students who choose non-traditional providers, to
       focus discussion of credit transfer and credential recognition on the
       academic standards that the programs involved have met
    

    Degree qualifications frameworks are either in place or are being
developed in many countries. They focus on the learning outcome competencies
of graduates at each degree level that are transferable to work, further
study, or other activities. Those general competencies are not
subject-dependent. Such frameworks do not impose a common content on programs
but articulate the general competencies expected of anyone graduating with a
degree at the same level.
    The Canadian Degree Qualifications Framework was developed by all
provinces and territories and is based in part on similar statements used in
other countries. It is meant to describe each degree level in ways that
facilitate quality assurance and comparability.
    To view the Ministerial Statement on Quality Assurance of Degree
Education in Canada, please visit
http://files.newswire.ca/588/MinisterialStmtEN.doc.

    CMEC is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible
for elementary-secondary and advanced education from the provinces and
territories. Through CMEC, ministers share information and undertake projects
in areas of mutual interest and concern.





For further information:

For further information: Fiona Deller, Tel.: (416) 962-8100, ext. 256,
E-mail: f.deller@cmec.ca, Web site: www.cmec.ca; Marilyn Patton, Tel.: (780)
427-8921, E-mail: Marilyn.Patton@gov.ab.ca

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