Stage Six: PEQAB/MTCU Quality Assessment and Consent

Once the work of submitting the application for consent renewal is done, the most common question is “What happens next?”

Here are the highlights:

  1. The completed Application for Consent Renewal is submitted to the Ministry with a cheque for $5000
  2. Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) refers the application to the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB), and PEQAB appoints an expert Panel to review the application, and informs the college representative who is on that Panel.
  3. The Dean/Associate Dean, and Office of Academic Quality (OAQ) work with the Panel to set a date and an agenda for the Site Visit. Preparation for the Site Visit can begin immediately after the application is submitted. In their 2016 Handbook for Ontario Colleges (Appendix 8.1) PEQAB introduced a Site Visit: Suggested Agenda Template, which can be used as a guideline for planning the site visit.
  4. The OAQ helps facilitate the Site Visit, which usually includes an overview presentation providing evidence for how each of the PEQAB Standards and Benchmarks are met, meetings with internal and external stakeholders, and a tour of relevant areas of the facility.
  5. The members of the expert panel develop a report that assesses the application against the Board’s standards and benchmarks, and makes a recommendation about whether the proposed program meets the PEQAB Standards.
  6. The applicant is given an opportunity to respond to the panel’s report.
  7. The PEQAB Board reviews the application, the panel’s report and the college’s response, and makes a recommendation to the Ministry to grant or deny consent renewal for the degree. PEQAB informs the college that this recommendation has been made to the Ministry, but not whether the recommendation was to grant or deny consent.
  8. The Minister considers PEQAB’s recommendation and communicates the decision about consent, the duration of consent, and any conditions of consent, to the President of the college.