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Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)

In Canada, the Constitution Act gives each province the authority to make laws regarding education. In Ontario, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development are responsible for the administration of laws relating to education and skills training.

In the area of post-secondary education, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development is responsible for:

For more information, see Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS)

The Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS) provides services to ensure specific program quality and consistency through credential validation and quality assurance processes for the public college system in Ontario.

OCQAS operates within the structure of Colleges Ontario, and is responsible to a separate Management Board. The Management Board operates independently of government and of any individual college or the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

By working in unison with OCQAS, government and industry, our colleges provide a greater scope of quality education. This cooperative relationship provides countless advantages to Ontario’s colleges and to students and their families, here and abroad.

This work assures students, graduates, employers and the public of the quality of the college system’s comprehensive programs and services.

For more information, visit the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service

Credential Validation Service (CVS)

The Credential Validation Service (CVS) is consistent with the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development’s Binding Policy Directive, Framework for Programs of Instruction. The mandate of CVS is to:

Validation by the CVS is signified by the assignment of an Approved Program Sequence (APS) number.

For more information, see Ontario College Quality Assurance Service.

College Quality Assurance Audit Process (CQAAP)

Conestoga engages in a provincially-legislated College Quality Assurance Audit Process (CQAAP) on a five-year cycle. CQAAP is an opportunity to share current processes and future plans with an externally-trained panel that reviews the college's quality assurance processes at an institutional level. The external review provides a formal report that includes commendations, affirmations, and recommendations for the college.

The site visit and report outline the degree to which processes and future plans conform to the quality standards that define exemplary quality assurance processes. The process audit assesses program quality and consistency based on six standards:

Standard 1: Program Quality Management System

Effective quality assurance mechanisms ensure the quality of a program management system and demonstrate continuous improvement.

Standard 2: Program Development

Effective quality assurance mechanisms ensure the quality of the programs of study being developed and demonstrate continuous improvement.

Standard 3: Conformity with Government Requirements

Effective quality assurance mechanisms ensure the conformity of programs of study with relevant government requirements and demonstrate continuous improvement.

Standard 4: Program Delivery and Student Assessment

Effective quality assurance mechanisms ensure the quality of program delivery and student assessment, and demonstrate continuous improvement.

Standard 5: Existence, Monitoring, and Communication of Academic Policies and Practices

Effective quality assurance mechanisms ensure the communication and monitoring of established academic policies and practices related to academic issues that support program implementation and delivery, and student achievement of vocational learning outcomes, and demonstrate continuous improvement. 

Standard 6: Availability and Allocation of College-Wide Resources

Effective quality assurance mechanisms ensure the existence, availability, and allocation of resources (human, physical, financial) and technological infrastructure to support student achievement of program vocational learning outcomes, and demonstrate continuous improvement.

For more information, see Ontario College Quality Assurance Service.

Post-secondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB):

Conestoga was one of the first colleges in Ontario to offer degrees. In order to offer degree programs, Conestoga received degree-granting authority from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), now the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).

The Post-secondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB) is an agency that advises the Ministry on new degree program applications under the terms of the Post-secondary Education Choice and Excellence Act, 2000. PEQAB has identified the Degree Level Standards for degree programs in Ontario and developed the Ontario Qualifications Framework which is the only framework in Canada that includes all post-secondary education credentials from apprenticeships to doctoral degrees.

All of Conestoga’s degrees are reviewed by PEQAB and approved by the MAESD. In order to ensure ongoing quality enhancement of our degree programs, the degree programs are reviewed and renewed every five to seven years.

By working with the MAESD and PEQAB, and with continuous feedback from students, academia, and industry, Conestoga delivers current, quality Bachelor’s degree programs.

For more information, Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board.

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