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- Universities Council of British Columbia
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The Universities Council of British Columbia (UCBC) was established under the authority of the Universities Act of 1974 (SBC 1974, c.100). An independent Crown agency, the council served as an intermediary body between the British Columbia government and the three public universitiest. The council also served as an intermediary between the government and the province's non-metropolitan Open University.
The main purpose of the UCBC was to promote the systematic development of post-secondary education and to create public accountability for university expenditures.
The council was composed of eleven members, appointed by cabinet. Council members were not permitted to simultaneously serve as representatives of government, as university employees, or as public servants in the Ministry of Finance or a ministry responsible for universities. Members were appointed for three-year terms and were eligible for reappointment for an additional term.
To facilitate its work, the UCBC established a number of standing committees. The Long Range Planning Committee (which operated as a committee of the whole) concerned itself with long term financial and academic strategies for the four universities; the Program Coordinating Committee dealt with the development of academic programs; the Business Affairs Committee dealt with university budgets; and the Capital Planning and Development Committee advised Council on capital expenditures. From time to time other committees, dealing with such matters as student aid, were appointed. Permanent staff consisted of a Secretary to Council, an academic officer, a financial officer, a research officer, and administrative clerks. A librarian was also employed to look after the council's extensive resource library. The UCBC's offices were located at 805 West Broadway in Vancouver.
In 1987 the government decided to become more directly involved with the allocation of funds to the universities. The UCBC was abolished and many of its responsibilities taken over by the new Ministry of Advanced Education & Job Training.
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