Queen’s new Quality Assurance Processes (QUQAPs) for approving and reviewing academic programs have been in effect since September 1, 2011. The aim of the QUQAPs is to ensure continued high quality for both existing and new undergraduate, graduate and professional programs at Queen’s, and in the broader picture, ensure consistency and cohesion of all academic programs offered by Ontario’s publicly-assisted universities.
In 2010 the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), through the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents (OCAV), and in consultation with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), agreed that the quality of university programs would be monitored through the Ontario Universities Quality Assurance Council (Quality Council – or QC).
QUQAPs is “Queen’s own version” of institutional quality assurance processes that are built upon the Quality Assurance Framework approved by OCAV and the Executive Heads of Ontario Universities. Queen’s proposed QUQAPs were approved by Senate on November 25, 2010, and then filed with COU Quality Council (QC) to meet their December 31, 2010 deadline. After responding to several recommendations from QC, Queen’s was notified of the QC ratification of its QUQAPs April 28, 2011. Since that time, new templates that are to be used for the various approval and review processes have been developed together with a QUQAPs Guide that provides more detailed information to assist academic units.
At the graduate level, QUQAPs replaces the former review and appraisal processes of the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS). At the undergraduate level, QUQAPs replaces the former internal academic review (IAR) processes and the OCAV Undergraduate Program Review Audit Committee (UPRAC).
Two novel and important elements of the new Quality Assurance processes include: (i) an explicit requirement to articulate Degree Level Expectations (DLEs); and (ii) the opportunity (if desired) for existing undergraduate and graduate programs to be reviewed together, and in conjunction with external accreditation reviews.
For important academic dates and deadlines see our Important Dates Chart.