February 28, 2016
Canadian Virtual University-Université virtuelle canadienne
Canadian Virtual University/Université cirtuelle canadienne (CVU-UVC) is a consortium of 11 of Canada’s leading universities in distance and online education collaborating to increase access to higher education.
CVU-UVC facilitates virtual student mobility across provincial boundaries, minimizes duplication of resources, and presents Canada as a world leader in online and distance education.
Celebrating 15 years of leadership in online and distance education
CVU-UVC was founded in 2000 with two universities and start-up funding from Industry Canada. Today, its 11 university partners across Canada are developing, delivering, and marketing distinctly Canadian top-quality distance and online learning opportunities.
CVU-UVC offers over 2,000 courses and 400 programs—from short programs and certificates, to degrees ranging from undergraduate to doctoral levels—at its single website www.cvu-uvc.ca.
As the demand for accredited online university programs has increased among Canadian learners, so, too, has there been a marked increase in registration for courses provided by CVU-UVC. Since 2010, course registrations increased by 102%. In addition, last year alone, upward of 5,000 students graduated with a credential, by way of distance and online learning.
“Increasing access to university education has been central to CVU-UVC’s educational mandate since establishing in 2000,” remarks Dr. Martin Noël, chair, CVU-UVC Board of Directors, and Director général for TELUQ université. Noël further points to CVU-UVC’s added benefit—that each of our universities accepts one another’s courses for transfer credit where applicable, without having to incur the annoying administrative fees that often accompany enrolling in university courses.
Former CVU-UVC President and Board Chair Dr. Lori Wallace, who’s been a champion of the consortium since the beginning, says given the many layers of offices and regulations at universities, the inroads CVU-UVC provided - helping learners navigate the administrative enrolling processes - were no small feats.
But, says Wallace, a professor of Extended Education at the University of Manitoba, the end goal was always one of unification. “During a time when universities in many ways were competing for students, we focused on goals that we could better accomplish by cooperating rather than competing. The spirit of collaboration over the past 15 years has been remarkable; it is impressive to see how those efforts have served the needs of so many students.”