A History of the Program Standards

In 1990, the government published Vision 2000: Quality and Opportunity, a report on the future of the college system. The report was based on a highly consultative process and outlined three key themes: quality, accountability, and accessibility. One of the recommendations adopted by the government of the day was the establishment of the College Standards and Accreditation Council (CSAC). CSAC was established in 1993 with a mandate to develop program standards for the college system. In August 1996, as part of a government restructuring of agencies, boards, and commissions, CSAC was closed down, and responsibility for the continuing development of program standards was transferred to the Ministry of Education and Training, now the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

Since Standards were introduced in the College System in 1994, more than 200 program standard documents have been developed, approved, and released .

In 1999, the MTCU began a concerted undertaking to review approved vocational learning outcomes in the program standards. Since this time, more than 20 programs have under gone a review of the vocational learning outcomes.

In April 2003, MTCU in collaboration with the Coordinating Committee of Vice-Presidents, Academic (CCVPA) and a Working Group were involved in the review of the generic skills learning outcomes and the general education standard. In April 2005, MTCU approved the revised Essential Employability Skills (formerly the Generic Skills Standard) and the revised General Education Requirement (formerly the General Education Standard).