BILL NO. 5
1st Session, 60th General Assembly
55 Elizabeth II, 2006
Degree Granting Act
The Honourable Karen Casey
Minister of Education
First Reading: June 30, 2006
Second Reading: November 10, 2006
Third Reading: November 23, 2006 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS) (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
(a) removes the definition of "advertise";
(b) updates the name of the Minister of Education; and
(c) adds a definition of "public institution".
(a) adds that only public institutions authorized by an Act of a legislature may be authorized to grant degrees;
(b) changes institution "designated" to "authorized"; and
(c) repeals certain requirements for an institution to be able to grant degrees.
Clause 3 changes "designate" or "designation" to "authorize" or "authorization" and changes "he" to "Governor in Council" in Section 4 of the Act.
Clause 4 provides regulation-making power
(a) setting out the application process for authorization for an institution to grant a degree;
(b) respecting the process to review the finances and quality of an institution applying for authorization to grant a degree;
(c) respecting the revocation and re-instatement of an authorization to grant a degree;
(d) setting standards of quality for institutions authorized to grant a degree;
(e) setting terms and conditions on an authorization to grant a degree;
(f) allowing for the delegation of duties in the regulations to third parties; and
(g) prescribing fees.
Clause 5 provides that this Act comes into force on proclamation.
2 Section 3 of Chapter 123 is amended by
3 (1) Subsection 4(1) of Chapter 123 is amended by striking out "designate" in the first line and substituting "authorize".
4 Chapter 123 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 7 the following Section:
(e) establishing a process to review the quality of programs, instructors, facilities and academic standards of an institution applying for authority to grant a degree or authorized to grant a degree under this Act;
(g) respecting educational standards of institutions applying for authorization to grant a degree or authorized to grant a degree under this Act, including standards for the quality of programs, instructors, facilities and academic standards;
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