Responsibilities & Reporting

The Degree Quality Assessment Board oversees the quality assurance process for degree level programs in B.C. This is important because quality education plays a vital role in:

  • Training a workforce to meet regional and industry needs
  • Attracting international students
  • Expanding opportunities for B.C. students to study abroad

The board also has a duty to address public policy objectives such as:

  • Increasing learner choice
  • Promoting coherent and integrated post-secondary system
  • Promoting protection of learners’ interests
  • Ensuring appropriate use of publicly funded student financial assistance

To accomplish this, the board acts as a:

  • Leader - Providing policy advice to the Minister on new degree program quality assurance and related matters
  • Overseer – Assessing new degree program submissions using ions against established standards and making recommendations to the Minister
  • Steward - promoting the interests of learners
  • Reporter - reporting to government, stakeholders, public, others.

Quality assurance responsibilities:

  • Ensuring new proposed degree programs at post-secondary institutions meet consistent and high quality criteria
  • Making recommendations to the Minister on applications to
    • Offer new degree programs
    • Provide and advertise degree programs
    • Grant degrees
    • Use “University” under the Degree Authorization Act
    • Gain exempt status
  • Making recommendations concerning policies, criteria and guidelines that will apply for the purposes of giving or refusing consent/approval (including attaching terms and conditions to consent)
  • Performing other duties that may be requested by the Minister such as monitoring of institutions with consent to offer degree programs under the Degree Authorization Act

General responsibilities:

  • Managing board affairs: Establish the processes and structures necessary to ensure the effective functioning and renewal of the board – this includes: monitor and improve quality of board, ensure appropriate board committees; ensure appropriate board orientation and ongoing professional development; articulate roles and responsibilities for board, committees, chair individual governors; define board process and guidelines, evaluate board, committees, directors and chair; and identify potential director candidates.
  • Organization’s mandate: Fully understand the organization’s mandate set by government, review and make recommendations to government regarding the mandate to reflect changing circumstances.
  • Strategy and plans: Participate in the development of, review and approve the organization’s strategic plan consistent with the organization’s mandate as set by government.
  • Human resources: Subject to government legislation and guidelines, nominate board members and external experts, as applicable and plan for board member succession and development.
  • Financial and corporate issues: Ensure code of ethical conduct and conflict of interest guidelines are in place.
  • Monitor and report: Monitor organizational performance against strategic plans and compliance with applicable legislation and government direction; account to government and stakeholders through appropriate reporting.
  • Communications: Oversee organization’s communications policy.