The Private Degree Granting Institutions Association

Founded in 2013, the Private Degree Granting Institutions Association has members representing private for-profit and not for profit degree granting institutions in the province of British Columbia (BC) who have consent to offer degrees from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The association provides a forum for members to meet together discuss issues of common interest. The association also serves as a forum to meet with officials from provincial and federal bodies such as the Ministry of Advanced Education Skills and Training, the BC Council on Admissions and Training and the BC Council on International Education to provide input and feedback concerning the sector.

PDGIA Mission Statement

The Private Degree Granting Institutions Association (PDGIA) represents the interests of for-profit and not-for-profit private post-secondary degree-granting colleges, universities, and institutes. The Association raises public awareness and promotes recognition of the contribution of private institutions to post-secondary education and the vital role they play in our economy. Members adhere to a code of ethics and are committed to providing education of the highest quality and ensuring compliance with all government regulations.



the interests of its members to government and other organizations


for the common interests of its member institutions


its members of changes in government regulations and other relevant news

Provides Agency

for private post-secondary institutions on relevant committees

Provides opportunities

for members to exchange information and collaborate


in research and compiles information on matters of common interest and develops policy statements where applicable


and advocates for the benefit of students and graduates of PDGIA member institutions


with secondary schools to inform students about the full range of educational opportunities within private post secondary educational institutions

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PDGIA Chair: Dr Irene Young | New York Tech Vancouver
PDGIA Vice-Chair:
Dr Neil Mort | Ascenda School of Management Vancouver