Learn more about CAQC and the contents of the Handbook
In 1984, the government of Alberta created the Private Colleges Accreditation Board (PCAB) as an independent body to establish standards and procedures to conduct the review of proposals from Alberta private institutions intent on offering undergraduate degree programs.
Until the late 1980s, PCAB dealt with only affiliated private colleges until policy was changed to allow non-affiliated private institutions, including for-profit institutions to apply to offer undergraduate degrees. Later, the Minister allowed public colleges and technical institutions to offer approved Applied Degrees in the province; these credentials supplemented the degrees the Minister had authorized for offering by the four public universities and by several private institutions.
Faced with a growing need and demand for post‑secondary education, the Alberta government decided to increase access to degree programs by allowing not only the four universities and private institutions, but also some of the public colleges and technical institutes to apply to offer university‑level degree programs in addition to Applied Degrees. That important policy decision is reflected in the Post‑secondary Learning Act (Appendix A) which brings all publicly funded post‑secondary educational institutions under one piece of legislation.
Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC)
Desiring a mechanism to ensure a rigorous review of all new degree program proposals, the Alberta government established the Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC) under the Post-secondary Learning Act(Appendix A), and described the Council’s responsibilities and functions in the accompanying Programs of Study Regulation (AR 91/2009) (Appendix A). The Council is legislatively mandated to conduct reviews of new degrees proposed by all providers of degree‑level credentials in Alberta, whether public or private, resident or non‑resident, and to make recommendations to the Minister of Advanced Education.
Designed primarily to provide guidance to post‑secondary institutions as they seek to understand the mandate, standards, policies and procedures of the Campus Alberta Quality Council, this Handbook presents information about the role of the Council in assessing and assuring the quality of new degree-level programs in Alberta. It includes:
General information about Council’s work
Application procedures for resident and non‑resident institutions
Standards, policies and guidelines for organizational evaluations
Standards, policies and guidelines for program evaluations
Information about Council’s monitoring role
Relevant documents and forms
Glossary of terms used in the Handbook
The Campus Alberta Quality Council acknowledges the work of the Private Colleges Accreditation Board, which was phased out in 2004, and it also acknowledges its indebtedness to PCAB’s Accreditation Handbook, which was uncommonly helpful in the preparation of the first Handbook.
Readers of this Handbook should note that though many formerly web‑based documents are consolidated here, additional information about Council, its activities and its interests can be found on this website. Readers should also note that Council has determined that the electronic version of this Handbook is to be the official version of record, to enable timely updates and revisions to the text. In the interest of improving the quality of the Handbook, Council invites the Handbook’s users to let us know about errors and omissions and to provide us with both with comments and criticisms.