About the Council on Higher Education

The Council on Higher Education (the council) promotes collaboration in the public post-secondary education system by providing recommendations to Memorial University (Memorial), College of the North Atlantic (CNA) and the Minister of Education on shared program areas.

  Establishment of council

The council was originally established in 1992 and follows a fiscal year of September 1 to August 31 of the following year. In 2005, government released Foundations for Success: White Paper on Public Post-Secondary Education. This policy document was commissioned as part of government’s continued commitment to provide affordable and accessible post-secondary education opportunities. In light of the recommendations put forth in the White Paper, a reconfigured council was recognized in legislation through the Council on Higher Education Act (the Act) which was proclaimed January 26, 2007.

  Council on Higher Education Act

The Council on Higher Education Act seeks to enhance the governance of the province’s postsecondary education system through three joint appointments to the university and college boards, with the jointly appointed board members serve as a link to the council. Under the Act, the council is responsible for making recommendations to Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic and the Minister of Education with respect to:

  • Strategic directions;
  • Reducing duplication of effort and expense;
  • Shared program areas;
  • Cost-effective policies, standards and activities;
  • Student credit transfer arrangements; and
  • Other related matters.

  Membership

As specified in the Act, the council is to consist of a maximum of 11 board members. By virtue of their office, the council shall include the chairpersons and presidents of Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic, as well as the minister and deputy minister of the Department of Education. The minister shall appoint a student representative from Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic, and may appoint three additional members to the council.

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