Academic Unit Reviews

Academic unit reviews provide information, both qualitative and quantitative, and recommendations that help programs, departments, and Faculties improve and innovate.  Reviews identify strengths and weaknesses, stimulating program development and revision in response to a variety of factors.  In a broad sense, the reviews lead to more focused planning to address teaching and supervision, research opportunities, and unit infrastructure and administration.

Regular Academic Unit Reviews are required of all academic units to ensure that effectiveness and efficiency are maintained in line with the University Strategic Plan.  Academic unit reviews may be at the departmental level, at the Faculty level for non-departmentalized Faculties, or across departments and Faculties for programs that are interdisciplinary in character.  Non-Faculty academic units such as the University Library, the Cité universitaire francophone, and the Centre for Continuing Education are also reviewed.  A schedule of Academic Unit Reviews was developed in 2015 by the Council Committee on Academic Mission (CCAM) and is available for viewing.

Reviews will focus on the following areas:

  • the priorities and aspirations of each unit and the extent to which they are being realized
  • the challenges and opportunities faced by the unit
  • the structure and quality of undergraduate and graduate programs and instruction
  • the contribution of each program to related disciplines and fields of study
  • the scope and significance of research being pursued within the unit
  • the degree to which academic programs meet students’ learning needs and goals
  • staffing complements
  • the degree to which the unit is meeting its internal and external service responsibilities
  • the role the unit plays in meeting the University’s vision, mission, goals and priorities
  • the financial resources of the unit


Review Coordination

The coordination of all unit reviews is the responsibility of the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) working in partnership with the Council Committee for Academic Mission (CCAM), the Dean of the Faculty, and the unit under review. The recommendations of the Committee on the basis of the review process are advisory.  Specifically, the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and CCAM will:

  • In consultation with Deans and directors, develop a schedule for reviews
  • Receive, review and comment on the self-study report
  • Appoint the review team
  • Develop terms of reference for the review team
  • Receive and transmit the report of the review team
  • Meet with the Dean and unit head to discuss the report and the unit’s response
  • Receive the unit’s implementation plan
  • Report regularly to Executive of Council on the status of reviews
  • Identify issues of university-wide concern and make recommendations concerning them to appropriate bodies or individuals