Canadian Virtual University

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Canadian Virtual University (CVU)
Motto Education online from accredited Canadian universities
Established 2000
President Dr. Gordon Tarzwell
Students 100,000
Location Canada, [, Canada
Affiliations Athabasca University, Carleton University, Laurentian University, MUN, RMC, RRU, TELUQ, Thompson Rivers University, University of Manitoba, University of New Brunswick

Canadian Virtual University (CVU) is a partnership of Canadian universities collaborating in the development and marketing of distance and online education. CVU is governed by a board of directors, consisting of presidents and directors of distance education at participating universities. President and Chair of the Board is Dr. Gordon Tarzwell, dean of Business at Thompson River University. CVU is managed by an executive director, Heidi Erisman, MBA.


CVU's mandate is to increase access to higher education, to avoid duplication, and to foster collaboration among publicly funded universities committed to online and distance education.


Collectively, participating universities offer over 2,500 distance and online courses, and over 350 complete degrees, diplomas, and certificates. One quarter of CVU's programs and courses are offered in French.

CVU universities accept each other's courses for transfer credit, thus providing students with greater course selection than is available at any single university.

As a demonstration of its commitment to transfer credit and flexibility, CVU members waive Admission and Letter of Permission fees for students enrolled in members' distance programs, thus giving students greater course selection than can be found at any single universities.

Participating universities collaborate in joint marketing, develop new online and distance programs, share expertise in online instructional design and pedagogy, develop funding proposals, create new services for distance students, and explore other areas of common interest.

Participating universities[edit]

| Athabasca University | Carleton University | Laurentian University | Memorial University of Newfoundland | Mount Royal University | Royal Military College of Canada | Royal Roads University | TELUQ | Thompson Rivers University | University of Manitoba | University of New Brunswick

Former members[edit]

| Cape Breton University | Nipissing University

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