External Reviews

Quality assurance is a continuous, cyclical process, and 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. These cyclical reviews provide an opportunity for units to reflect on their commitment to academic excellence, consider key performance data, and assess their programs against international peers. An overview of the cycle is outlined below. 

The Program & Curriculum Unit (PCU) supports cyclical reviews by:

  • Providing process information and support to units
  • Liaising with the Office of the Vice-Provost, Academic Programs (VPAP), the Committee on Academic Policies & Programs (AP&P), and external reviewers


Explore our External Review Resources:

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Phase 1: Self Study

After a review is launched, units develop and submit a self-study; the OVPAD provides data support and an introductory workshop.

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Phase 2: Site Visit

Reviewers visit the unit to discuss academic programs; the reviewers’ report is submitted about 2 months after the visit.

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Phase 3: Response & Planning

Units respond to the report findings, submitting them to AP&P. Planning for adoption of recommendations begins.

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Phase 4: Short-Term Changes & Potential Follow-up

While units plan and implement changes, AP&P may request a 1-year follow-up report.

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Phase 5: Long-Term Changes & Interim Report

Midway between the last review and the next, units must submit an interim report to monitor progress.

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