Quality Assurance

High quality teaching and research programs are a hallmark of the University of Alberta. The institution is committed to a rigorous quality assurance program that has been designed to maintain and further build upon the existing strengths of the U of A’s academic programs, units, and faculties.

The quality assurance suite of activities includes:

  • Undergraduate program reviews

  • Graduate program reviews

  • President’s Visiting Committees

  • Ongoing monitoring of implementation of recommendations

The reviews conducted through the quality assurance program will be administered according to the guidelines that have been set by the Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC), the Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor, and the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic). Offered on an ongoing basis, each review will be carried out according to a stable and publically available schedule, which will see all programs and faculties reviewed in a five- to seven-year cycle. The various stages of the quality assurance program will be overseen and supported by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and the Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor, with added support provided by the Office of Strategic Analysis and Data Warehousing.

The executive summary of each faculty review report will be made available online accompanied by a response from the reviewed faculties. Members of the university community are encouraged to check-back regularly for review schedule updates. The reviews have begun for the 2016-2017 academic year for the following five faculties:

The Campus Alberta Quality Council regularly audits the university to ensure that suitable quality assurance mechanisms are in place, which allow for meaningful self-study and which demonstrate the comparative quality of its program offerings.