Recognition or Accreditation

The prompt for this week’s post was to comment on program evaluation or accreditation. This lead me to look into how post-secondary institutions are accredited in Canada. You might be surprised, as I was, to find out that there is no national accreditation program for Canadian universities and colleges. Post-secondary institutions fall under provincial jurisdiction, the Ministry of Advanced Education in BC. The primary role of the Ministry is to recognize and regulate all aspects of post-secondary education, from adult education to international students and aboriginal education.

Accreditation is a process where a third party recognizes competence and ensures that established standards are met. For example, the nursing program at UBC is accredited by the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC), meaning that a student graduating from this program will have met the standards established by the CRNBC. Accreditation bridges the gap between educational outcomes and professional standards.

Colleges and universities in BC are not accredited, they are recognized and regulated in accordance to BC laws. I have created a diagram to illustrate the process.


You can find the regulations for Private Training Institutions in BC:

And the regulations for degree conferring institutions:


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