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B.C. to introduce 'Education Quality Assurance' program

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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.

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