Local professor appointed to new provincial board

Langley, B.C.—The Minister of Advanced Education, Shirley Bond, has announced the appointment of Langley resident, Harro Van Brummelen, to the new provincial Degree Quality Assessment Board.

As Dean of Trinity Western University’s new School of Education, Van Brummelen will serve as one of two representatives of private post-secondary institutions on the 11-member board.

“The Board will have an important role in ensuring the quality of degree programs offered in British Columbia," says Van Brummelen. "The Board's objective will be to give students more program choice and to ensure those programs have been carefully vetted.” Van Brummelen adds that he appreciates the Ministry's intent to make the Board's approval process both transparent and efficient.

The recently created Assessment Board will advise the Minister about new degree proposals submitted by public post-secondary colleges and universities as well as by private and out-of-province public post-secondary institutions operating in B.C. It will also recommend whether private and out-of-province institutions will be able to grant degrees, use the word "university," and advertise their programs.

From now on, all new degree programs at all post-secondary institutions will require the Minister's approval. This is good news for public colleges who, for the first time, will be able to apply for applied baccalaureate degrees, and for university colleges who will be able to apply for master's degrees.

Chaired by Brian Gillespie, retired President of the BC Institute of Technology, the Board will include both university and college representatives as well as three representatives from the B.C. business community. For public universities, as well as for TWU, existing programs are exempted from approval by the Board.

Van Brummelen has been a professor of education at Trinity Western Univerisity and a Langley resident for 17 years. He is active in the B.C. and Canadian Associations of Deans of Education, the Canadian Association for Curriculum Development, and the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education. His best known books are Steppingstones to Curriculum and Walking with God in the Classroom, both of which have been translated into a number of languages.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,200 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative
leadership.

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Last Updated: 2015-07-13
Author: Keela Keeping