The Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Sask Polytech) (previously known as the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology [SIAST]) is established under the The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Act. S-32.21, which sets out the framework for its operation and accountability.
In 2010, An Act Respecting The First Nations University of Canada was passed by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Legislative Assembly. First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) is academically federated with the University of Regina. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life and to preserve, protect and interpret the history, language culture and artistic heritage of First Nations. Through its Board of Governors, FNUniv is under the jurisdiction of the FSIN. The FNUniv is a full member of the Universities Canada.
As a federated college, FNUniv adheres to all University of Regina regulations with respect to admission, hiring of faculty, and academic program development, yet possesses a unique curriculum with a First Nations' perspective. FNUniv offers all programs available at the University of Regina as well as its own programs.
The Saskatchewan Indian Federated College Act of the Legislative Assembly of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) established the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC) as an institution that is administratively and financially autonomous, but academically integrated with the University of Regina. The SIFC Act (passed by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Legislative Assembly) specifies the composition and responsibilities of the board of governors. In June 2003, the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College changed its name to the First Nations University of Canada.
The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) was established in 1976 by the FSIN to provide education and skills training to First Nations adults in Saskatchewan, both on and off-reserve. The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology Act allows SIIT to grant diplomas and certificates and arranges formal credit transfer arrangements with other post-secondary institutions. It is an educational institution of the FSIN, and is governed by a board composed of FSIN senators, Saskatchewan Tribal Council appointees, and an FSIN executive member. The institute offers training programs leading to certificates and diplomas in a variety of trades and technical fields. Many universities recognize the institute's training, and transfer programs are available for students who wish to pursue university degrees.
SIIT also collaborates with the Sask Polytech, the provincial universities, and other educational institutions to deliver diploma (two-year), certificate (one-year), and trades programs. SIIT enhances the curriculum of some of these programs to reflect the unique training needs of SIIT students.
The Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research is the educational arm of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan. The institute is the only wholly Métis owned and controlled education institution of its kind in Canada. The institute is responsible for the design, development, and delivery of specific educational and cultural programs and services. The institute works cooperatively with a number of educational partners and is affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina as well as a Federation agreement with the Sask Polytech. In all of its relationships with its educational partners, the Gabriel Dumont Institute has maintained its independence and distinct Aboriginal identity. Through its network of community learning centres across Saskatchewan, the institute maintains a close contact with the people it serves. The programs and activities of the institute are determined by the identified needs of the Métis and implemented according to the decisions of its board of governors.
Saskatchewan's seven regional colleges were created in 1988 under The Regional College Act to provide Adult Basic Education and Skills Training to individuals in areas of the province where access to education can be difficult. Lakeland College (Alberta) also provides education and training programs and services to Saskatchewan residents in the Lloydminster area.
Affiliation and Federation
The University of Regina has three federated colleges, First Nations University of Canada, Campion College, and Luther College, as well as one affiliated college, the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research. The University of Saskatchewan has one federated college, St. Thomas More College, and seven affiliated colleges -- The College of Emmanuel and St. Chad, St. Andrew's College, Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Peter's College, Horizon College and Seminary, Briercrest College and Seminary and the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research.
Colleges federated with the universities offer courses in the same degree programs and complement those offered at the universities. Degrees are granted by the parent universities.
External and Internal Review
New certificate and diploma programs are developed internally by college and institute program and curriculum development staff with input from program committees composed of external representatives from industry.
New degree programs must be authorized pursuant to The Degree Authorization Act. The degree authorization process includes a quality assurance review, which may involve organizational and program evaluations conducted by external review teams, depending on the type of quality assurance review required by the Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality Assurance Board (SHEQAB).
There are several faith-based post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan that offer theological degrees, where some of these institutions are affiliated colleges (i.e. Horizon College & Seminary; Briercrest College & Seminary) and one is a private vocational school (i.e. Canadian Revival Training Centre). All of the faith-based institutions need to follow the naming requirements in The Degree Authorization Regulations for their theological degrees, which help clarify for students and others which degree programs are theological in nature. Some examples of the theological degrees granted are as follows: Bachelor of Biblical Studies; Bachelor of Christian Ministry, and Bachelor of Sacred Music. Some theological colleges are accredited through theological accreditation agencies in the United States.
Many of Canada's regulated professions have associations that conduct accreditation reviews of college and institute programs pertaining to their professions. In these instances, accreditation teams from the professions review reports provided by the colleges and may conduct on-site visits in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the professions.