We are grateful to our peers and partners with whom we collaborate to continuously improve the quality of postsecondary education.
Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB)
PEQAB is an arms-length advisory agency that makes recommendations to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities of Ontario on ministerial consent of applications of all public or private degree-granting organizations to offer all or part of degree programs.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
A national advocate and institutional voice for promoting academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.
Colleges Ontario is the advocacy voice for the 24 colleges. The association promotes the colleges’ pivotal role in strengthening the economy by producing graduates with the professional qualifications and expertise to succeed in rewarding careers. Colleges Ontario champions policy measures to strengthen the quality of programs available to students and implements provincewide marketing and communications campaigns to promote the full range of programs offered to students.
Colleges Ontario also organizes the annual Higher Education Summit, one of North America’s premier conference on post-secondary education. This annual event includes the Premier’s Awards gala for outstanding college graduates.
Colleges Ontario’s activities include:
- Developing new research and policy proposals.
- Implementing provincewide marketing and communications campaigns.
- Advocating for legislation and policy measures to strengthen post-secondary education.
- Providing professional development programs for college leaders.
- Organizing conferences, symposia and other events.
Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario (CAAT)
Ontario’s 24 colleges serve more than 200 communities across the province, providing access to people in rural and remote areas, and to people from all walks of life. The colleges offer programs in almost 600 program areas. Each year, Ontario’s colleges serve more than 200,000 full-time and 300,000 part-time students and clients.
Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU)
The Constitution Act gives exclusive authority to each province in Canada to make laws in relation to education. In Ontario, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Colleges and Universities are responsible for the administration of laws relating to education and skills training.
In the area of postsecondary education, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities is responsible for developing policy directions for universities and colleges of applied arts and technology, planning and administering policies related to basic and applied research in this sector, authorizing universities to grant degrees, distributing funds allocated by the provincial legislature to colleges and universities, providing financial-assistance programs for postsecondary school students, and registering private career colleges.
International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)
INQAAHE is a worldwide association of over 200 organizations active in the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education. The great majority of its members are quality assurance agencies that operate in many different ways, although the Network also welcomes (as associate members) other organizations that have an interest in QA in HE.
Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI)
NCCI’s vision is to function as a catalyst for higher education institutions to work collaboratively across institutions to employ effective methods for advancing academic and administrative excellence. To this end, NCCI provides resources to its member institutions to help them to explore the concepts of continuous improvement. It is our hope that more institutions of higher education will embrace these concepts.
Canadian Institutional Researchers and Planners Association (CIRPA)
CIRPA is a national association, designed to promote and advance the study and practice of institutional research and planning across Canada. It has approximately 230 members from across the country working in postsecondary education, government and industry.
American Society for Quality (ASQ)
ASQ is a global community of people passionate about quality who use tools, ideas and expertise to make our world work better.
Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)
HEQCO is an independent advisory agency, established in 2005 and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to provide recommendations for improving quality, accessibility, inter-institutional transfer, system planning and effectiveness in higher education in Ontario.
The Commission d’évaluation de l’enseignement collégial (CEEC)
The CEEC is an independent agency, which is legally constituted, according to the terms of Quebec’s provincial laws. Its mission is to contribute to the development of the quality of college education.
Autorité Nationale d’Assurance Qualité de l’enseignement Supérieur
The National Higher Education Quality Assurance Authority (ANAQ-Sup) is a state agency under the administrative and technical supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR). ANAQ-Sup is responsible for monitoring, safeguarding and improving the quality of higher education programs and institutions.
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