In 2001, the New Brunswick legislature enacted the Degree Granting Act regulating the delivery process and the quality of degrees offered by private institutions.
The authorization to offer degrees is called designation. The Lieutenant Governor in Council officially sanctions all designations.
An educational institution that wishes to be designated by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council as a degree granting institution or wishes to be authorized by an Act of the Legislature to grant degrees shall meet the following requirements:
(a) for each program offered by the educational institution,
(i) there are clearly defined objectives, learner outcomes and curricular structure, and
(ii) the appropriate degree credential will be awarded to graduates of the program;
(b) the educational institution has
(i) sufficient financial resources available to support the delivery of each program offered,
(ii) sufficient human and physical resources available or retained in New Brunswick to support the delivery of each program offered,
(iii) an adequate business plan with realistic cost and revenue projections to cover a five year period, and
(iv) appropriate and sufficient services in place to support learner success;
(c) when supplying programs related to a particular industry, the educational institution has in place an advisory group of employers and practitioners from within the industry to provide advice on program design and marketplace requirements;
(d) the educational institution provides for the involvement of peers and experts external to the institution in the development of each program offered by the institution;
(e) the educational institution provides its academic staff with the time and institutional support to engage in academic inquiry and research; and
(f) the educational institution adheres to the principles of academic freedom.
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