Advisory Board to ensure quality in new postsecondary programs

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Advisory Board to ensure quality in new postsecondary programs

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ - Business and community leader Dale Patterson has been appointed Chair of the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board, an advisory agency established by the Ontario government to ensure quality in new degree programs, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced today.
"We are meeting our commitment to provide Ontario's students with the full range of flexible, high-quality learning programs they need to compete and succeed in today's rapidly changing workplace," said Cunningham. "Quality is non-negotiable. The Quality Assessment Board will ensure these new degree programs meet or exceed Ontario's high standards for postsecondary education."
"Mr. Patterson's private-sector background combined with his work in university governance make him well qualified to chair the board."
Patterson, a graduate of York University, is Executive Vice President of the Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund. He is past Chair of the Board of Governors of Ryerson Polytechnic University and has served as co-chair of the provincial association of university board chairs.
Currently Patterson serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including the Biotechnology Human Resources Council and the Canadian Venture Capital Association.
The Quality Assessment Board will assess and advise the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities on proposals for new degree programs to be offered by Ontario colleges and new institutions wishing to offer degrees in Ontario.
The board will have 10 members in addition to the Chair. The members will be part-time and will include academic, business, and student leaders.
Dale Patterson's appointment is pending the review of the Standing Committee on Government Agencies.

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POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION QUALITY ASSESSMENT BOARD (PEQAB)

What is the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board?

The board was established to advise the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities on the suitability of new degree programs, including college applied degree programs, those offered by out-of-province institutions and by any private institutions located in the province. One of the Board's first tasks will be to develop rigorous academic and institutional criteria, using current standards from Ontario and other relevant jurisdictions. The board will then assess programs against these criteria and make a recommendation to the Minister.

What will the process be for establishing a new program?

Institutions will apply to the board to have their programs approved. Once the board has reviewed an application and made its decision with respect to the application, it will then submit its recommendations to the Minister for approval. The final decision will rest with the Minister.

Will taxpayers be paying for the board?

Revenues from application fees are expected to fund the operating costs of the board within two to three years. For at least the first two years of operation, the Government will provide some start-up and development funds. Applicants will be required to pay a $5,000 application fee for each program submitted to the board for consideration.

Who are the members of the board?

The Chair is Dale Patterson, a graduate of York University, and Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund. Ten additional board members will be chosen on the basis of their experience and expertise particularly in the areas of academic and/or quality assurance in the public or private sector and economic or labour force demands related to postsecondary education. The members will be part-time and will include academic, business, and student leaders.

Will new postsecondary programs offered by publicly-funded Ontario
colleges and universities be referred to the board?

New degree programs to be offered at a publicly funded university will not be referred to the board for review. Colleges wishing to offer applied degree programs will be required to submit these programs to the board for review.

Dale E. Patterson

Dale Patterson is Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund, a labour-sponsored venture capital fund specializing in Canada's life science sector. He is Executive Director of the Association of Labour Sponsored Investment Funds, and serves as a special advisor to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors of several organizations, including the Canadian Venture Capital Association and the Biotechnology Human Resources Council.
Mr. Patterson is the Past Chair of the Board of Governors of Ryerson Polytechnic University, and served as co-chair of the provincial association of university board chairs.
His experience includes several years as a Director and Vice-President of International Marketing for the Urban Transportation Development Corporation, and Director, Corporate Secretary and the Executive Vice-President of Morrison Hershfield Ltd. He is a graduate of York University.

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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca

For further information: Contacts: Dave Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2709; Kerry Kincaid Delaney, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1625