Canadian Virtual University

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Canadian Virtual University-Université virtuelle canadienne (CVU-UVC)
Motto Learn Anywhere
Established 2000
President Dr. Martin Noël
Students 100,000
Location Canada
Affiliations Athabasca University, Carleton University, Laurentian University, MUN, Mount Royal University, Royal Military College of Canada, Royal Roads University, TELUQ University of Quebec, Thompson Rivers University, University of Manitoba, University of New Brunswick

The Canadian Virtual University-Université virtuelle canadienne (CVU-UVC) is a consortium of Canadian universities that collectively offer 2500 courses and over 300 complete degrees, diplomas, and certificates online and through distance education. All CVU-UVC members are universities that are accredited with Universities Canada and conform to their principles of institutional quality assurance. CVU-UVC 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. Martin Noël, President of TELUQ University of Quebec. CVU-UVC is managed by an executive director, Heidi Erisman, MBA.


CVU-UVC's mandate is to facilitate access to, and student mobility within, university education; increase flexibility for learners, encourage joint program development, reduce duplication across institutions, advocate for online and distance education, and disseminate best practices across Canada and around the world.


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-UVC's universities accept each other's courses for transfer credit, thus providing students with greater course selection than is available at any single university. Students enrolled in a program at one member university can access the courses at all of the member universities.

As a demonstration of its commitment to transfer credit and flexibility, CVU-UVC's 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.

CVU-UVC welcomes Canadian universities to join the consortium. Incoming universities must be a member in good standing with Universities Canada; offer at least one program and its courses completely at a distance to any eligible student throughout Canada; will waive letter of permission fees and visiting student application fees for students accessing member courses; and participate in the governance of CVU-UVC. CVU-UVC member universities retain full institutional autonomy in terms of academic policies and regulations, including admissions, tuition and related fees, content and design of courses, assessment, transfer credit assignments, and appeals.

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