Degree-Granting in Saskatchewan
Consultations on Degree-Granting
In spring 2011, the Government of Saskatchewan launched a public consultation process to consider expanding degree-granting status in Saskatchewan in response to ongoing requests from post-secondary institutions and developments in post-secondary education elsewhere in Canada.
The Government also launched the development of a Quality Assurance Review Process to run concurrently with the public consultations.
See information below to assist your understanding of these initiatives.
Alex Usher: Degree-granting consultations
On March 15, 2011, our Ministry announced (News Release below) the appointment of Alex Usher, an internationally recognized expert in post-secondary education systems, to lead the consultations about expanding degree-granting authority in Saskatchewan.
Usher is the President of Higher Education Strategy Associates. He has worked on both national and international research projects related to post-secondary education. Usher can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex Usher Final Report and Summary
In August 2011, Mr. Usher provided a final report and recommendations: Expansion of Degree-Granting Status in the Province of Saskatchewan: Report on Consultations and Recommendations
Mr. Usher's final report includes three common themes:
The report contains several recommendations including:
Brian Gillespie: Quality Assurance Review
On April 4, 2011, our Ministry announced the appointment of Dr. Brian Gillespie (see News Release below) to develop a quality assurance review process that could be used to assess applications for new degree-granting institutions and programs in Saskatchewan.
Gillespie is the former President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology and the first chair of the B.C. Provincial Degree Quality Assessment Board.
See our Quality Assurance Review webpage for more details.