In the policy statement published in 1994 and updated in 2009, in which it established the foundations of its operations, the Commission indicate that it intends to use all the means at its disposal to contribute as efficiently as possible to the improvement of college education and to promote the emergence of a genuine evaluation culture in colleges. Its ongoing orientation has always been to make a difference by requesting that colleges carry out assessments beneficial to them, and with the approach of continuously improving the quality of training and services offered to their students. It is with this in mind that it have understood and carried out its mandate since the time of its inception.

The Commission’s mandate affects all Quebec colleges and involves studying their evaluation policies on student learning assessment and on academic programs of study. Additionally, the mandate encompasses the application of these policies, the evaluation of these programmes as well as their implementation. In the case of Collèges d’enseignement général et professionnel (Cégeps) and private subsidized colleges, the mandate also provides for the evaluation of the achievement of educational mission-related activities, which encompasses the strategic planning of Cegeps as well as academic support planning in Cegeps and private subsidized colleges.

The Act respecting the Commission d’évaluation de l’enseignement collégial enacted in June 1993 and modified in December 2002, outlines the Commission’s mandate and powers.