Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAATs) and Institutes of Technology & Advanced Learning (ITALs) were first enabled to apply for consent to deliver Bachelor’s degrees in applied areas of study by the Postsecondary Education Choice and Excellence Act in the year 2000.

Bachelor’s degrees delivered by colleges in Ontario are assessed against the standards for Baccalaureate/Bachelor’s Degree Honours of the Ontario Qualifications Framework. These standards are equivalent to those of the corresponding University Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations (UUDLEs).

For more detail regarding the quality and history of Bachelor’s degrees granted by colleges in Ontario, see this statement by the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB).

Degree programs must meet the curriculum standards and processes of Georgian College, PEQAB and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD). As such, there are a number of steps involved in creating a new program from idea to launch.

Download the New Program Development Checklist

The following pages are designed to assist program teams through the process.