I have really enjoyed my appointment to the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB) an arms-length advisory agency that makes recommendations to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities of Ontario on applications for ministerial consent under the terms of the Post-secondary Education Choice and Excellence Act, 2000. I was appointed to the Board in 2007 by the Honourable Minister Chris Bentley and completed my term this past December 2009.
Ministerial consent is required by all public or private degree-granting organizations, either for profit or non-profit, based outside the province to offer all or part of a degree program in Ontario. It is also required by all private organizations in Ontario, either for profit or non-profit, and by all Ontario public organizations not empowered to grant degrees by Ontario statute to offer all or part of degree programs. Consent is also required to use the word “university” relating to an educational institution in Ontario.
Potential applicants for consent should consult the important terms and conditions spelled out in the Regulations under the Act and the Minister's Guidelines and Directives for Applying for a Ministerial Consent.
In fulfillment of its mandate, the Board determines the criteria and procedures for its reviews, strikes expert and advisory panels, and undertakes any related research. The Board’s criteria and procedures are contained in its Handbooks and Guidelines for three categories of applicants: (a) private, (b) public, and (c) Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology.