Mandate, Principle and Governance
The CATNB serves as a participatory council, which is not a legal entity and has no legislative or
regulatory authority. Its stakeholders work cooperatively for the benefit of learners to ensure smooth inter-institutional transitions and effective transferability of courses and/or programs, and the appropriate and effective use of prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) to support learners in pursuit of educational and employment opportunities.
The members are responsible for CATNB’s activities, image and assets. They have
the duty to manage CATNB honestly, in good faith, and in the best interest of its stakeholders,
while providing leadership and accountability in carrying out its mandate.
The CATNB is composed of institutional representatives at the academic VP level or equivalent. The Council consists of, but not limited to, a minimum of seven (7) voting member organizations, including all publicly funded post-secondary institutions in New Brunswick. The council may, in communication with PETL, admit other organizations that meet the CATNB membership criteria. Additional member organizations shall have full voting rights and may be appointed for a five (5) year term, renewable.
The Council is led by a Chair and Vice-Chair. The work of the Council is carried out by the Executive Director designated by the department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour (PETL), as well as a standing Operations Committee (OC) composed of representatives at the registrar level (or equivalent) from participating organizations and a PLAR Group composed of stakeholders who play a role in PLAR at the local, provincial or national level.
The Chair and Vice-Chair of the council shall be elected by the council at the first official meeting and biennially at subsequent CATNB Annual General Meetings (AGM) thereafter. If the position of Chair or Vice-Chair becomes vacant, the council will elect a replacement at the next meeting to serve out the remaining mandate. The Chair and Vice-Chair share a combined responsibility to communicate and respond to communications in both official languages
Operations Committee (OC)
The operations committee carries out activities on behalf of the CATNB council for improvement and enlargement of educational opportunities for learners. The OC is led by a Chair and Vice-Chair elected every two years by the members of the OC. The Chair and Vice-Chair shall serve on the council as ex-officio (non-voting) members.
The OC Responsibilities
- Undertake the credit transfer related activities from the CATNB annual work plan, delegated by the Council
- Facilitate the organizational part of any research undertaken on behalf of the Council
- Work with the members of the council to develop recommendations and advice regarding CATNB initiatives to support the council in its decision-making
- Provide members to lead any ad hoc or sub committees that are formed as well as members to participate on the Symposium Planning Committee
- Prepare and submit the annual data for the Credit Transfer Portal and the Credit Transfer statistical report for their respective institutions
- Ensure that the data is kept up to par and accurate on the portal
- Partake in preparing the CATNB annual report, and work plan for the forthcoming fiscal.
The CATNB Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Group
The CATNB PLAR Group carries out activities on behalf of the CATNB council for improvement and enlargement of educational and labour mobility via the recognition of prior learning (RPL). It also engages, on behalf of the Council, in promoting and facilitating the delivery of PLAR practices in New Brunswick through increased awareness, collaboration, and common terminology and tools. The PLAR Group is led by a Chair and Vice-Chair elected every two years by the members of the PLAR Group. The Chair and Vice-Chair shall serve on the council as ex-officio (non-voting) members.
CATNB PLAR Group Responsibilities
- Recommend and develop proposed policies, procedures and guidelines to promote the provincial coordination of PLAR activities
- Encourage the development and refinement of PLAR policies and practices
- Provide guidance in educating and informing New Brunswickers about PLAR
- Carry out and / or oversee outsourced PLAR related projects