Under the University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP), all units and their academic programs must be reviewed a minimum of every 7-8 years.
The purpose of these cyclical reviews is to provide an opportunity for units to reflect on their commitment to academic excellence, support ongoing quality improvement in their academic programming by securing guidance on key strategic directions, receive expert advice from leaders in their fields in both academic and administrative issues, and assess their performance against international peers.
External reviews play a pivotal role in the development and implementation of a unit’s academic plan. As a measure of this importance, all reviews are brought forward to governance, first reviewed by the Committee on Academic Policies & Programs (AP&P), then Academic Board, Executive Committee, and finally Governing Council. External reviews are also presented to the UTM Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) annually. After U of T governance, Final Assessment Reports and Implementation Plans (FAR/IPs) from external reviews are reported to the Quality Council and posted on the Vice-Provost, Academic Programs FAR/IP webpage.
External reviews are launched each year with a workshop in March or April. All units with a scheduled review in the upcoming academic year are invited to participate. Full details of the review process and expectations will be discussed at this workshop.
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