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CAUT Bulletin Archives

October 2004

CAUT to Speak at International Gathering

Tokyo meeting seen as chance to influence global guidelines

CAUT has been invited to join the official Canadian delegation to the next UNESCO and OECD meeting aimed at drafting international guidelines on quality assurance in cross-border higher education.

The meeting is the second in a series of initiatives by both parties to hammer out an international agreement on accreditation and quality assurance. The project is in response to the growth in cross-border higher education and the emergence of commercial providers.

In a discussion paper released earlier this year, the OECD stipulated that new quality assurance guidelines should be designed to encourage the expansion of private and for-profit higher education providers.

David Robinson, CAUT's associate executive director of research and advocacy, said CAUT will have a very different message to deliver to the meeting.

"Any guidelines that are developed must be based on educational, not commercial objectives," he said. "There must also be a recognition that you can't have quality without guaranteeing the academic and employment rights of staff."

The UNESCO-OECD drafting meeting will take place Oct. 14-15 in Tokyo, Japan.