As coordinator of the Intaal Network, Dr. Donald Baker has unusually broad experience at strategic levels in higher education. In Canada he served as President of Mount Royal College (now University), Vice President Academic of Wilfrid Laurier University, and founding executive director of Ontario’s Post-Secondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB). He drafted the degree-level standards adopted by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, and the initial academic qualifications framework adopted by the Ministry of Education and Training in Ontario. Earlier, he served two terms as an elected Trustee for a large school district.
Dr. Baker also has extensive international experience. From 2012 to 2016 he was consultant to the President of Qatar University, with a focus on governance and strategic management issues; from 2006 to 2012 he served as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and then Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at United Arab Emirates University. He was a Board member and Secretary of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies for Higher Education (INQAAHE). He has undertaken consulting projects in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan, and Qatar. He was a member of the international team to review the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI). He twice reviewed the Qualifications Framework of the United Arab Emirates, once for the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and again for the National Qualifications Authority.
His two most recent publications include Catch the Gleam: Mount Royal from College to University, 1910-2009 (2010) and, with Terry Miosi, “The quality assurance of degree education in Canada, Research in Comparative and International Education 5: 1 (2010). He is currently writing a book on the development of higher education in Qatar and the UAE, with a focus on the major national universities and their fit with the societies they serve and in which they are embedded.
Donald N. Baker, Ph.D.
Strategic planning and marketing; corporate governance; management structures and responsibilities; qualification frameworks; post-secondary sector coordination; quality assurance.