Series GR-3560 - Executive briefing notes

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  • 1998-2000 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology (1998-2001)
  • 1997-2002 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Ministry of Advanced Education (2001-2008)
  • 1997 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Ministry of Education, Skills and Training

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32 cm of textual material

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The Ministry of Advanced Education was established in 2001 replacing the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology (OIC 565/2001). The Ministry of Advanced Education provides funding and policy direction for British Columbia's public post-secondary education system, and administers student financial assistance programs. The ministry also administers provincial statutes governing public and private post-secondary institutions. The Ministry of Advanced Education was disestablished in 2008 and replaced by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development (OIC 430/2008).

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The Ministry of Education was established in 1920 under its first name, the Dept. of Education, by an amendment to the Public School Act (SBC 1920, c. 82). The educational system of British Columbia had been founded in the Crown colony period in the Common School Act (1865), replaced by the Common School Ordinance (1869), and administered respectively by the superintendent of education or inspector general of schools, reporting directly to the governor-in-council. The Public School Act (SBC 1872, c. 16) was enacted in 1872, creating a Provincial Board of Education and a superintendent of education reporting to the Provincial Secretary. The Provincial Secretary also doubled as the minister of education until 1924. It was not until the 1920 amendment to the Public School Act that a distinct Dept. of Education was constituted with the functions and responsibilities of education in the province. The Dept. of Education, under the direction of the minister of education, assisted by a deputy minister and superintendent of education, was responsible for the maintenance and management of all normal schools, the issuing of teachers’ certificates of qualification, and advising the Council of Public Instruction on all matters relating to education in the province. Home economics, high school correspondence, recreational and physical education, extension and adult education, and educational reference and school services were added as branches or divisions between 1920 and 1950. The department assumed responsibility for the School of the Deaf and Blind (Jericho Hill) in 1922, the Victoria School of Art in 1938 (closed in 1942), and Vancouver School of Navigation in 1938. In 1942 the Provincial Library and Archives, the Public Library Commission, and the Provincial Museum were transferred to the department from the Dept. of Provincial Secretary. By 1947, the work of the department was divided among the following branches: High School Correspondence Branch, Elementary Correspondence Branch, Educational and Vocational Guidance, Industrial Education, Adult Education, School for the Deaf and the Blind, School Radio Broadcasts, Division of Tests, Standards, and Research, Text-book Branch, Visual Education, Inspection of Schools, and Normal Schools. In 1976, the Dept. of Education was renamed the Ministry of Education (OIC 3199/76). Two years later, it was renamed, again, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, at which time the responsibilities for science, technology, and metric conversion were added. In 1979, the name reverted to the Ministry of Education. Simultaneously, a new Ministry of Universities, Science and Communications was established, with the transference of the responsibilities for science, technology and metric conversion from education. The Public School Act was repealed in 1980, when the School Act (SBC 1980, c. 375) was enacted. The new act provided for the continuance of the Ministry of Education, responsible for public schools (elementary and secondary) throughout the province, accordingly divided into district superintendencies. In 1979, responsibility for post-secondary education was removed from the Ministry of Education when the Ministry of Universities, Science and Communications was established (1979-1986). The functions remaining in the Ministry of Education: included: schools programs, special education, operations and services and institutional affairs in the Schools Dept.; management services and program services remaining in the Post- Secondary Dept.; and the Independent Schools Dept. Post-Secondary councils included the Academic Council, Occupational Training Council, and Management Advisory Council. In 1996, all functions not relating to labour were transferred from the Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour to the Ministry of Education to form the Ministry of Education, Skills and Training (OIC 199/96). Two years later, the ministry was renamed the Ministry of Education.

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Series consists of executive briefing notes prepared for the executive of the Ministry of Advanced Education, and its preceding ministries: the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology, and the Ministry of Education, Skills and Training. The briefing notes are created to provide a succinct overview of issues relevant to the Ministry executive, and as a result the notes cover a broad range of issues related to education in British Columbia. The notes typically contain recommendations for action or response.

The files are comprised of briefing notes as well as internal correspondence, discussion papers, and notes and summaries on programs from other provinces and countries. Also included in this series are preparatory materials for a presentation on 2002 legislation (which contains reference to the Degree Quality Assessment Board; for more information see GR-3549). There is also a Ministry profile which includes an organizational chart of the Ministry in 2002.

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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts, and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Accession number: 95-6683

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