Submission to External Agencies & Ministry
External agencies may include accrediting agencies, or the Ministry. The PDO will assist in preparing submissions in either case. Generally speaking, accrediting agencies are approached before the internal approval process begins so that UEC or GSC is assured that a program meets these external requirements.
UFV was granted exempt status in July 2013. This means that proposals for degree-level programs can proceed directly for public peer-review on the Post-Secondary Institution Proposal System (PSIPS) before being submitted for approval by the Minister of Advanced Education. Review by the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) is no longer automatically required for degree programs, but the Minister can request a fuller review by DQAB before making a decision.
All Ministry contacts must go through the office of the Provost and VP Academic, and the final proposal is submitted through this office.
In the case of non-degree programs (certificates and diplomas), Ministerial approval is not required, but the proposals must be submitted for public and peer review on the Post-Secondary Institutional Proposal System (PSIPS) for a 30-day period. (Part A of the template for a certificate or diploma can be posted without alteration on this site).
In both cases of degree and non-degree proposals, UFV must respond to comments made as a result of public posting. Please see the resources below for more information:
External Approval Process Flow Chart
Degree Program Review - Criteria & Guidelines
Degree Program Review - Criteria & Guidelines Appendices
Degree Authorization Overview
Non-Degree Proposal Guidelines (for posting certificates and diplomas on PSIPS)