In response to private universities breaking laws, the British Columbia government is bringing in a quality-assurance seal for post-secondary institutions, to help students avoid fraudulent schools.
B.C. Advanced Education Minister Moira Stilwell explained the new Education Quality Assurance designation would allow students to see which post-secondary institutions meet government-recognized quality assurance standards.
Universities, colleges, career-training institutions and English-as-a-second-language schools can start applying immediately.
If a school applies for the seal, its programs would have to meet provincial standards and quality requirements. A certified school would have to shell out $300 for the assessment and an additional $1,500 per year to use the seal.