Overview and Scope
All undergraduate and graduate programs offered by Queen’s for which a degree is conferred (or a diploma or certificate is awarded) are subject to Queen’s Quality Assurance Processes (QUQAPs). QUQAPs were built from the OCAV Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) which is intended to ensure the quality and value of Ontario university degrees.
It has four components:
- Protocols for New Program Approvals: these apply to “brand new” undergraduate and graduate programs which are ultimately reviewed and approved by the COU QC Appraisal Committee.
- Protocols for Expedited Approvals: these apply in situations where major substantive changes are made to existing and previously approved programs, such as when there is a merger of programs or a program is restructured. They also apply when the program being introduced is a new collaborative, combined or graduate dual degree, or graduate diploma.
- Protocols for the Cyclical Review of Existing Programs: these apply to existing undergraduate and graduate programs and for-credit graduate diploma programs, and thus replace the Queen’s IARs and OCGS reviews, respectively. New to QUQAPs is the opportunity (if desired) for existing undergraduate and graduate programs to be reviewed together, and in conjunction with external accreditation reviews.
- Protocols for the Audit Process: these apply to an audit of Queen’s own QUQAPs for the cyclical review of existing programs and are carried out by the QC.
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