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The Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) does not dictate specific curriculum for college programs. However, there are some provincial regulations, standards, policies and practices that must be respected when curriculum is being developed, reviewed or revised.

The Minister's Binding Policy Directive sets out the policy framework for colleges in Ontario.

The Credentials Framework was established by MTCU to ensure that credentials awarded in Ontario's College system are credible, meaningful and consistent across the province.  Colleges are responsible for ensuring that their programs are consistent with this framework. To help colleges fulfill this responsibility, Colleges Ontario supports the Credentials Validation Service (CVS). CVS reviews all programs to ensure that they are consistent with this framework.

Algonquin College has published a document that provides an overview of the Credentials Framework and reports on an interview with the manager of CVS

MTCU has established standards for college programs. The standard has three parts: vocational learning outcomes (the vocational performances expected of graduates specific to the discipline or career area for which the program is preparing the graduate), essential employability skills (learning outcomes that describe skills critical for success in life and in the workplace -- irrespective of career area for which the specific program is preparing graduates) and the general education requirement (requirements for general education courses). Collectively, these elements outline the essential skills and knowledge that a student must acquire and be able to demonstrate in order to graduate from the program. All programs leading to an Ontario College credential must be able to demonstrate that they meet these standards. 

The essential employability skills component of the standards is common for all programs leading to an Ontario College credential. 

Algonquin College has published a "Lifesaver"— a short document providing information about program standards. It provides examples of program learning outcomes. 

The Credentials Validation Services reviews all new program proposals leading to an Ontario College credential to validate that the curriculum is consistent with the credential framework and meets Ministry standards. The CVS website provides more information on CVS, contact information and instructions on how to apply to have a program validated.

This 4 minute Xtranormal video was made by Sandy Odrowski to help participants at the ABC Program review the functions of the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS) including the Credential Validation Service (CVS) and the Program Quality Assurance Process Audit (PQAPA). 

A site housed at the University of Waterloo, shares ideas and resources related to University Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations (UDLE's). 

Standards for degree level programs have been identified by the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB). Standards for college programs that lead to a degree in applied learning can be found on the PEQAB website. 

Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations (UDLES) have been established for all university undergraduate degree programs—including those offered in Ontario colleges. 

Curriculum review is needed to ensure ongoing quality in programs and courses. Colleges collectively, through Colleges Ontario, have established the College Quality Assurance Audit Process (CQAAP). It was developed to provide a provincial standard for college postsecondary program quality assurance processes. You can find more about this on the CQAAP website.  This site also provides detailed information about CQAAP principles, criteria and guidelines for quality assurance practice. 

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