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					                  Vancouver University - Colleges Worldwide
                                Vancouver University Colleges Society et al
                                   Member colleges on five continents

           Consortium office/Registry - Vancouver BC      Website: www.VancouverUniversity.edu
                                        604-689-0905      vanu@vcn.bc.ca
                               548 Beatty Street, Vancouver, Canada V6B 2L3


2nd Response to draft DQA process documents (paragraphs 1-8).
AND
Notice of Intent for Partially-Exempt Status Application (further below, paragraphs A-I).
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2nd Response to draft DQA process documents.
Vancouver University (Worldwide) 18 September 2003
(An initial response was provided 6 September 2003 and copied to some MLAs)


[Introductory Note: Vancouver University Colleges (Worldwide) currently has 3820 students, 410
faculty, and 236 other staff, at its BC and globally-located member colleges. Please explore
Alumni News on our website for current acceptance of our graduates by other universities. Explore
our academic memberships by scrolling down fully at
http://www.vancouveruniversity.edu/name.php. Note in the „Axworthy‟ attachment, and in
past editions of the Canadian Government‟s (HRDC) National Guide to College and University
Programmes, samples of our two decades of federal recognition].
1. Page 1 of the draft “Degree Program Review: Criteria and Guidelines” should be re-identified
   as a brief history of the public sector degree process. It reflects assumptions found throughout
   much of the draft DQA document documentation and widely in other MAE documentation. It
   takes time for draft-persons in the BC public sector to adjust terminology and habitual
   perceptions to accommodate the inclusion of the private sector (non-profit or otherwise) in BC
   postsecondary education. For example, some seem unaware that the University Act really
   addressed the older public universities (note such items as the requirement of Cabinet approval
   for mortgages etc). Thus, when City University and Gonzaga University commenced programs
   in BC in the early Eighties, an attempt was made to cite the University Act against them. US
   diplomatic channels then quietly suggested that if US degree parchments and transcripts could
   not be exported to or fabricated in Canada, then perhaps Canadian wood should likewise not
   cross the border. The University Act was not thereafter formally stated against City, Gonzaga -
   nor against BC‟s New Summits University College for two decades! (After 1991, the BC
   government likewise never mentioned the University Act with respect to other imported degree
   programs so long as they registered with the PPSEC, though there is no mention of the matter
   in either the UA or PPSEC Acts. We think it appropriate that they were required to register
   with the PPSEC. But it was not appropriate for BC-incorporated universities, like TWU,
   Seminary of Christ the King, and Vancouver University - and that is why s.1(c)(iii) of the
   PPSEC Act exempted us). The full documentation of the above history, and related below
   statements, is openly available in the hundreds of pages filed in petition actions L002730 and
   L011487, BC Supreme Court, 2000/2; and further available at government offices in Victoria.
2. Another common misperception in BC has been that in past Commonwealth history and
   practice, including BC‟s, all degrees had to have been “authorized” to an institution under an
   umbrella institution-specific Statute or Royal Charter. As was shown in the two days of
   hearings before the BC Supreme Court, this is simply not correct - and petitions sought against
   Vancouver University (Worldwide) in that context were accordingly dismissed
   ( http://www.VancouverUniversity.edu/corp.php ). For those interested, the history of
   Vancouver University‟s past difficulty in this context is that 1983 political unrest (“Operation
   Solidarity”) led the government of the day to partially withdraw from a prior charter promise
   which had been made to then New Summits College chair Lila Chen. Instead of a promised
   charter, New Summits College was thereafter asked to statutorily incorporate as New Summits
   University College - with relevant cabinet ministers and some consulted lawyers (one being a
   past chancellor of UBC) advising that grant of “university college” name and presumption
   would suffice to authorize New Summits‟ bachelor and master degree standing. Because of the
   anomaly of s. 15 of the Society Act, a collateral corporation was established to formally award
   the recommended degrees. Such award of degrees then commenced following notice provided
   to the Ministers of Universities, Science and Communication and of Education 5 May 1984.
   (Exhibit II, L002730). In 1992, with approval of then Premier Mike Harcourt, the name and
   presumption was changed to “Vancouver University Colleges” (pluralized) and the research
   doctoral degree option appropriately commenced. Throughout 1983 onwards, each new degree
   option was pre-notified to the appropriate minister, without objection. Each was thus tacitly
   authorized, within an overall institutional authorization. Our “university” name (and collateral
   corporation name) was thus authorized in both 1983 and 1992 when MAE explicitly gave
   approval for the use of the word to the BC Registry. The statement at the top of draft
   “Overview of DQAP” page 3, affirming the names of only the public universities, TWU, and
   S2S, is incorrect.

3   The DQA draft process documents (including Criteria and Guidelines at its page 3) favour a
    proposed arbitrary ten years history of granting degrees at a particular level, showing a “proven
    track record”. In addition to its long-standing bachelor and master degrees, awarded for
    classroom-based courses and enhanced PLA, Vancouver University in 1992 commenced its
    small but high-quality research degrees M.Phil / D.Phil process under the direction of full-time
    staff persons Leyla Davoudian PhD (U of Vienna) and Raymond Rodgers PhD (Columbia U).
    [Our classroom-based DBA program in Singapore similarly includes a substantial research
    requirement]. Since the research projects of our D.Phil candidates are usually much longer-term
    than those at the M.Phil level, the first higher-level (D.Phil) completion was in April 200l
    ( http://www.VancouverUniversity.edu/dissertation.php ). A program properly dates
    from its commencement, rather than its first graduate. Otherwise it is not only Vancouver
    University‟s doctoral program which would be set back by the ten-year proposal - so also
    would many excellent BC public programs, undergraduate and graduate.
4   We likewise have more than just a semantic problem with the narrow terminology used at the
    bottom of page 5 of “Criteria and Guidelines” - namely, “satellite” and “branch” locations.
    Vancouver University (Worldwide) is the first global consortium university (not a university
    consortium!) consisting of equal member colleges, rather than branches or satellites/franchises.
    Vancouver was inspired in part by the structural framework at Oxford, Cambridge, and
    London. Vancouver differs in that its member colleges are dispersed globally, rather than
    around a city. We urge British Columbians and Canadians at large to familiarize themselves
    with our model - and to enthusiastically endorse and facilitate it
    ( http://www.WorldwideUniversity.edu/worldu.php ). Belgium provides a world
    service by specially facilitating the headquarters of the non-governmental Union of
    International Associations in Bruxelles. BC and Canada provides a Commonwealth service by
    specially welcoming the headquarters of the Commonwealth of Learning to Vancouver BC. BC
    and Canada can likewise specially encourage the home-base of the world‟s first global
    consortium university. The present wording of the draft DQA documents simply do not reflect
    a broad enough vision and scope to effectively assist Vancouver University Worldwide in its
    global mission. We hope the DQA Board will be supportive in this context, particularly since a
    provincial public entity cannot undertake such role.

5   In various criteria mentioned in some DQA draft documents the prevailing assumption is that of
    a classroom-based singular entity/program located in one building or campus. Field-based and
    workplace-based learning, etc, is not appreciatively perceived. Proposed new degrees in DAA
    context are presumed to serve only or primarily BC needs, without perception of the fact that
    Vancouver University (Worldwide) necessarily structures new degree emphases in
    collaboration with its overseas member colleges, reflecting their local need and local approval.
    (An example is our highly esteemed Singapore MBA for financial practitioners, and our
    highway design program in Nepal). In broader context, North America‟s oldest (older than
    Regents-Excelsior, Thomas Edison State, BCOU etc) aggregate-learning (enhanced PLA)
    process - Vancouver University Worldwide - is simply not accommodated in draft DQA
    document perceptions. And some of the „traditional‟ assumptions would make even some of
    our public institutions uncomfortable. For example, BCIT downtown campus occupies most of
    a city block, but has no library - instead, like Vancouver University member colleges, it utilizes
    on-line resources ( http://www.vancouveruniversity.edu/learning_resources.php )
    along with reasonable proximity to a public library. [The Vancouver University Worldwide
    consortium office, and many member colleges, do additionally have specially-focused
    libraries]. AUCC membership understandably receives favourable mention in the DQA
    documents. But Tech U never (sought or) achieved such membership, nor BCIT or Kwantlen.
    Vancouver University (Worldwide) would gladly welcome AUCC membership - but see
    paragraph 8 below]. We need memberships in ACU and IUA (UNESCO), but are entirely
    dependent upon the relevant minister - Advanced Education in BC - to endorse us. It is
    difficult when a Minister prefers or expects us to have a membership or other commendation
    which itself is conditional upon the same Minister‟s blessing, etc.

continued….
6   Commencing with the associate degree in 1970 (then known as the Vancouver Institute for
    Postsecondary Studies and collateral Point Roberts Institute) Vancouver was also inspired in
    part by London‟s 145 year-old external examination degrees process
    ( http://www.londonexternal.ac.uk/external_programme/index.shtml ) and
    further adapted it into a comprehensive PLA (prior learning assessment) process,
    ( http://www.vancouveruniversity.edu/degrees.php ). We pioneered in General Studies
    and Applied degrees concepts, and various other innovations. (These days we from time to time
    read about “new” public sector innovations in BC which we actually initiated many years ago -
    usually without much praise). Again, the present draft DQA documents simply do not have
    broad enough vision and scope to acknowledge Vancouver University Worldwide in the
    context. We hope the DQA Board will also be supportive in this context, notwithstanding its
    heavy public-sector composition.

7   Considerable DQA criteria emphasis is placed upon documentation of student prerogatives and
    protection, academic freedom, mission, appropriate governance etc. Vancouver University
    (Worldwide) thoroughly endorses and upholds such traditions. In our Partially-Exempt Status
    application we will reproduce our 80-page 1983 (January) catalogue of New Summits College.
    Pages (i),(ii), 2-4, 12-18 of that catalogue address these topics. [Paradoxically, our Academic
    Freedom in BC, so strongly endorsed on 1983‟s page 18 has, since 1991, been persistently
    undermined by PPSEC staff failing to understand the rationale and scope of s.1(c)(iii) of the
    PPSEC Act. Our BC Montessori Teachers College, which developed the first Montessori
    Elementary program for VSB, has suffered severe setbacks in that context which continue to
    this day notwithstanding two decades of outstanding ECE alumni and past support by members
    of the BC governing party, including the present Premier. We have a new government, but it
    remains difficult to translate BC Liberal commitments into practical outcomes at bureaucratic
    regulatory level]. Abroad, Vancouver University (Worldwide) continues to promote academic
    freedom and similar values, in global context. We are proud of Ms Sara on our Pakistan
    member college website, and equally supportive of religious students who wish to wear the
    veil, etc ( http://www.cosmiq.edu.pk/ ). But it is inappropriate to impose detailed BC
    academic assumptions and culture on old and new member colleges in other jurisdictions. The
    common “one size fits all” approach of the draft DQA documents is not appropriate to us, and
    the flexibility of a partially-exempt status seems necessary if BC is to continue as the home-
    base of Vancouver University Worldwide.

continued….
8   Because of the province-focused vision and rigidities in the proposed DQA process, contrasting
    with the global mission and scope of Vancouver University (Worldwide), we accordingly must
    present an “Exempt Status” application. But collaterally we would welcome positive DQA
    input with respect to our structure, procedures, and outcome degrees. A serious problem for
    Vancouver University (Worldwide) over the decades has been the inability or unwillingness of
    organizations like the AUCC and WASC to evaluate a “like London but-globally-dispersed”
    consortium university. We ourselves visit between member colleges for convocations and
    quality assurance purposes (scroll down at
    http://www.vancouveruniversity.edu/alumni.php ). Quality assurance matters are
    regularly discussed in our electronic bulletin board and other collegial meetings. We would
    gladly raise funds for one or more DQA Board members to visit member colleges around the
    world in DQA context, thereby contributing to development in countries like Nepal. We have
    consistently over the decades invited media and academia to examine our graduation files (with
    individual-privacy requirement, of course). Critics have never taken up the offer. One
    journalist did undertake extensive examination of our student files, and drafted a story (with
    privacy of individual names) - but it must have been very favourable, because her employer did
    not then publish her findings!

Concluding DQA documents response suggestion: that PSIPS submissions be submitted
transparently on-line, as an alternative or supplementary to Adobe PDF files.
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collateral continuation….
Notice of Intent re Partially-Exempt Status Application, 18 September 2003.
(Collateral to, and partially repeating, document titled 2nd Response to draft DQA documents.


[Introductory Note: Vancouver University Colleges (Worldwide) currently has 3820 students, 410
faculty, and 236 other staff, at its BC and globally-located member colleges. Please explore Alumni
News on our website for current acceptance of our graduates by other universities. Explore our
academic memberships by scrolling down fully at
http://www.vancouveruniversity.edu/name.php . Note in the „Axworthy‟ attachment, and in
past issues of the Canadian Government‟s National Guide to College and University Programmes,
our two decades of federal recognition].


A) In BC Supreme Court January 02, Judge Maczko stated that Vancouver University has been
   discriminated against as compared with BC‟s treatment of American branch-plants/franchises
   and bible colleges. He urged the Minister of Advanced Education to rectify the matter. He
   asked crown counsel to take his words to the Minister. (He did also say that the origination of
   our degree status was tenuous, reflecting a pattern likewise seen in the originations of Sir
   George Williams College [now Concordia U, Montreal], Harvard, Oxford, and many others
   around the world. Pioneering is usually difficult! But we are equally sure that with only one
   more day of testimony, comparing Vancouver‟s degree legal status with that of the secular
   degrees offered at BC bible colleges etc, the judge would more generously have characterized
   our degrees as tenaciously upholding Commonwealth precedents and tradition. [The
   judgement: www.worldwideuniversity.edu/corp.php and context:
   www.vancouveruniversity.ca/worldu.php ]

B) Respecting Mr. Justice Maczko‟s statement and ruling, we should have been explicitly grand-
   parented in the April 02 DAA. But we were overlooked. We presume the Minister will
   honourably rectify the mistake and acknowledge our grand-parented status. This expectation is
   more significant to us than the concept of Exempt Status. And even in “exempt” status context,
   we actually prefer a partial or limited or quasi-exempt status, for reasons explained in paragraph
   I (not 1) below. Within hours of the public posting of the DAA, after its introduction in the
   Legislature, we for grand-parenting purpose honourably reproduced and mailed to the Minister
   a complete copy of our then on-line catalogue (approximately 100 direct and indirect print
   pages, still unchanged and accessible as the identified Earlier-style catalogue at
   ( http://www.vcn.bc.ca/wunicols ).
C) A common misperception in BC has been that in past Commonwealth history and practice,
   including BC‟s, all degrees had to have been “authorized” to an institution under an umbrella
   institution-specific Statute or Royal Charter. As was shown in the two days of hearings before
   the BC Supreme Court, this is simply not correct - and petitions sought against Vancouver
   University (Worldwide) in that context were accordingly dismissed
   ( http://www.VancouverUniversity.edu/corp.php ). For those interested, the history of
   Vancouver University‟s past difficulty in this context is that 1983 political unrest (“Operation
   Solidarity”) led the government of the day to partially withdraw from a prior charter promise
   which had been made to then New Summits College chair Lila Chen. Instead of a promised
   charter, New Summits College was thereafter asked to statutorily incorporate as New Summits
   University College - with relevant cabinet ministers and some consulted lawyers (one being a
   past chancellor of UBC) advising that grant of “university college” name and presumption
   would suffice to authorize New Summits‟ bachelor and master degree standing. Because of the
   anomaly of s.15 of the Society Act, a collateral corporation was established to formally award
   the recommended degrees. Such award of degrees then commenced following notice provided
   to the Ministers of Universities, Science and Communication and of Education 5 May 1984.
   (Exhibit II, L002730). In 1992, with approval of then Premier Mike Harcourt, the name and
   presumption was changed to “Vancouver University Colleges” (pluralized) and the research
   doctoral degree option appropriately commenced. Throughout 1983 onwards, each new degree
   option was pre-notified to the appropriate minister, without objection. Each was thus tacitly
   authorized, within an overall institutional authorization. Our “university” name (and collateral
   corporation name) was thus authorized in both 1983 and 1992 when MAE explicitly gave
   approval for use of the word to the BC Registry.

D) In various criteria mentioned in some DQA draft documents the prevailing assumption is that of
   a classroom-based singular entity/program located in one building or campus. Field-based and
   workplace-based learning, etc, is not appreciatively perceived. Proposed new degrees in DAA
   context are presumed to serve BC residents - provided only or primarily in a BC need context.
   There is no reflection of the fact that Vancouver University (Worldwide) necessarily structures
   many new degree emphases in collaboration with overseas member colleges, reflecting their
   local need and approval. An example is our highly esteemed Singapore MBA for financial
   practitioners, and the highway design program in Nepal. These are developed as ‘majors’ or
   ‘special mentions’ in the context of our long-standing ‘generic’ degrees - applied science,
   technology, business administration, etc. And in broader context, as further noted in
   paragraph E below, North America’s oldest (older than Regents-Excelsior, Thomas Edison
   State, BCOU etc) aggregate-learning (enhanced PLA) process - Vancouver University
   Worldwide - is simply not accommodated in the DQA draft documentary perceptions.
   And some of the „traditional‟ assumptions would make even some of our public institutions
   uncomfortable. For example, BCIT downtown campus occupies most of a city block, but has
   no library - instead, like Vancouver University member colleges, it utilizes on-line learning
   (http://www.vancouveruniversity.edu/learning_resources.php) along with reasonable
   proximity to a public library. [The Vancouver University Worldwide consortium office, and
   many member colleges, do additionally have specially-focused libraries]. AUCC membership
   understandably receives favourable mention in the DQA documents. But Tech U never (sought
   or) achieved such membership, nor BCIT or Kwantlen. Vancouver University (Worldwide)
   would gladly welcome AUCC membership - but see paragraph I (not 1) below. We need ACU
   and IUA (UNESCO) memberships, but are entirely dependent upon the relevant minister -
   Advanced Education in BC - to endorse us for membership. It is difficult when a Minister
   prefers or expects us to have a membership or other commendation which itself is conditional
   upon the same Minister‟s blessing, etc.

E) Commencing with the associate degree in 1970 (then known as the Vancouver Institute for
   Postsecondary Studies and collateral Point Roberts Institute) Vancouver was also then inspired
   in part by London‟s 145 year-old external examination degrees process
   ( http://www.londonexternal.ac.uk/external_programme/index.shtml ) - and further
   adapted it into a comprehensive PLA (prior learning assessment) process,
   ( http://www.vancouveruniversity.edu/degrees.php ). We pioneered in General Studies
   and Applied degrees concepts, and various other innovations. (These days we from time to time
   read about “new” public sector innovations in BC which we actually initiated many years ago -
   usually without much praise). Again, the present draft DQA documents simply do not have
   broad enough vision and scope to acknowledge Vancouver University Worldwide in the
   context.

F) The DQA draft process documents (including Criteria and Guidelines at its page 3) favour a
   proposed arbitrary ten years history of granting degrees at a particular level, showing a “proven
   track record”. In addition to its long-standing bachelor and master degrees, awarded for
   classroom-based courses and enhanced PLA, Vancouver University in 1992 commenced its
   small but high-quality research degrees M.Phil / D.Phil process under the direction of full-time
   staff persons Leyla Davoudian PhD (U of Vienna) and Raymond Rodgers PhD (Columbia U).
   Since the research projects of our D.Phil candidates are usually much longer-term than those at
   the M.Phil level, the first higher-level (D.Phil) completion was in April 200l
   ( http://www.VancouverUniversity.edu/dissertation.php ). A program properly dates
   from its commencement, rather than its first graduate. Otherwise it is not only Vancouver
   University‟s doctoral program which would be set back by the ten-year proposal - so also
   would many excellent BC public programs, undergraduate and graduate.

G) In our PSIPS submission we intend to include, as an attachment, the full book-marked eighty-
   pages text and illustrations of our January 1983 New Summits College catalogue, along with
   explanatory notes thereto. Although then worded as representing one particular entity, that
   catalogue actually succinctly also reflects our prior (VIPS/Point Roberts Institute) and much of
   our subsequent (present globally-distributed member colleges) programming and commitments.
   We will also provide, as an attachment and representative current member college program, the
   full brochure of one of our member colleges detailing a classroom-based (and research-based)
   DBA. If readers wish to pursue any legal or political matters relating to Vancouver University,
   full documentation is openly available in the hundreds of pages filed in petition actions
   L002730 and L011487, BC Supreme Court, 2000/2; and further available at government offices
   in Victoria. Above all, we ask readers in PSIPS context to thoroughly explore our on-line
   catalogue, constituting some 200 pages of direct and indirect content.
   ( http://www.VancouverUniversity.ca / http://www.WorldwideUniversity.edu ).
H) Considerable draft DQA criteria emphasis is placed upon documentation of student
   prerogatives and protection, academic freedom, mission, appropriate governance etc.
   Vancouver University (Worldwide) thoroughly endorses and upholds such policies. In our
   Partially-Exempt Status Application we amongst other things reproduce our 80-page 1983
   (January) print catalogue of New Summits College. Pages (i),(ii), 2-4, 12-18 of that catalogue
   address these topics and reflect our long-standing appropriate governance. Our prior and
   subsequent history confirms our proven track record in such context. We have decades and
   thousands of alumni, with virtually no complaint by students or alumni to government or media
   about us. There is one simple factor which has made it unnecessary for Vancouver University
   Worldwide to author the extensive student-protection, faculty-protection, and staff-protection
   documentation found at other credible universities: By Article II(2) of our By-laws, and
   subsequent extension thereof, a candidate member college, or person or category of persons
   (e.g. alumni), can be a full voting-right member of the governing society upon completion of
   one year as a governor, or as staff/faculty, or as student. Our student application form so
   advises prospective students and they may therein complete the form with application for
   prospective membership. Any such student or other person may attend Special and General
   meetings and effectively raise any concern about any matter relating to the university.
   Whenever possible, we favour simple but effective solutions and services, like giving
   staff/faculty and students and alumni a more practical standing than their counterparts at other
   universities. (For more information about our governance, scroll down at
   http://www.vancouveruniversity.edu/about.php).

I) Because of the province-focused vision and rigidities in the proposed DQA process, and the
   global mission and scope of Vancouver University (Worldwide), it seems we need to present an
   “Exempt Status” application. But collaterally we would welcome DQA input with respect to
   our structure, procedures, and outcome degrees. A serious problem for Vancouver University
   (Worldwide) over the decades has been the inability or unwillingness of organizations like the
   AUCC and WASC to evaluate a “like London, but-globally-dispersed” consortium university.
   We ourselves visit between member colleges for convocations and quality assurance purposes
   (scroll down http://www.vancouveruniversity.edu/alumni.php ). Quality assurance
   matters are regularly discussed in our electronic bulletin board and other collegial meetings.
   We accordingly would gladly raise funds for one or more DQA Board members to visit
   member colleges around the world in DQA context, thereby contributing to development in
   countries like Nepal. We have consistently over the decades invited media and academia to
   examine our graduation files (with individual-privacy requirement, of course). Vancouver
   University (Worldwide) promotes academic freedom and similar values, in global context.
   We are proud of Ms Sara on our Pakistan member college website, and equally supportive of
   religious students who wish to wear the veil, etc ( http://www.cosmiq.edu.pk/ ). But we
   should not impose detailed BC academic assumptions and culture on old and new member
   colleges in other jurisdictions. The frequent “one size fits all” assumptions in the draft DQA
   documents are not appropriate to us, and the flexibility of a partially-exempt status seems
   necessary if BC is to continue as the home-base of Vancouver University Worldwide.

Raymond Spencer Rodgers PhD
President
604-689-0905 vanu@vcn.bc.ca

				
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