Campus Alberta Quality Council
The Campus Alberta Quality Council is an arms-length quality assurance agency that makes recommendations to the Minister of Advanced Education on applications from post-secondary institutions seeking to offer new degree programs in Alberta under the terms of the Post-secondary Learning Act, 2003 and the Programs of Study Regulation (91/2009). Other than degrees in divinity, all degree programs offered in Alberta, including degrees offered by non-resident institutions, must be approved by the Minister. Council also conducts periodic evaluations of approved degree programs to ensure that quality standards continue to be met.
In fulfillment of its mandate, Council determines the criteria and procedures for its reviews and strikes organizational and program review teams. Council's criteria and procedures are provided on this website.
Council is committed to ensuring the national and international recognition of Alberta's degrees, and works closely with other provinces in pan-Canadian quality assurance initiatives. One such initiative through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) resulted in a Ministerial Statement on Quality Assurance of Degree Education in Canada, which all provinces and territories in Canada have endorsed. Council's processes and assessment standards are consistent with those contained in the Statement and Council has adopted the Statement's Canadian Degree Qualifications Framework for use when assessing the level of proposed degree programs.