In 2002, the Government of British Columbia passed legislation establishing the BC Ministry of Advanced Education Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB). All institutions of higher education desiring to use the word university in their name or to offer a new degree program must make application to the Board. The Board considers their application and makes a recommendation to the Ministry. Institutions may apply for exempt status from full review by the Board if their organization, institutional governance, and academic standards are sound and if they have been approved to grant degrees for at least 10 years. Trinity Western University received exempt status in 2004. Programs approved under the Ministry degree assessment process refer to DQAB in their descriptions.