Governing Documents: Academic
POLICY:
ACADEMIC PROGRAM REVIEWS
Effective Date:
January 5, 2005
Revised Date:
 
Review Date:
January 5, 2015
Approving Body:
Senate
Authority:
The University of Manitoba Act
Implementation:
 
Contact:
Vice-Provost (Academic Planning and Programs)
Applies to:
Faculty/School Councils


1.0 Reason for Policy

This policy is to maintain the academic integrity of academic programs at the University of Manitoba through a process of periodic formal reviews of all academic programs.


2.0 Policy Statement

2.1 General Reviews of academic programs ensure that academic programs maintain academic excellence. To that end, all academic programs shall undergo periodic formal reviews, on a schedule set by the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost.

2.1.1 The academic reviews referred to in section 2.1 shall take place at least once each ten (10) years.

2.2 Main Elements

The process for each academic program review shall consist of the following main elements:

a) the preparation of a Self Evaluation Report by the unit delivering the program being reviewed;
b) an external peer assessment of the report and the academic program being reviewed;
c) an opportunity for the unit delivering the program and the Dean/Director of the unit in question to respond to the external assessment;
d) an assessment by the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost respecting the academic review results.

2.3 Development of procedures   The procedures used to conduct academic program reviews at the graduate and undergraduate levels shall be developed by the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost and approved by Senate, upon recommendation by the Senate Committee on Academic Review (SCAR).

2.4 Programs reviewed by Accreditation Bodies In cases where academic programs are subject to reviews by external accreditation bodies, such accreditation reviews shall be considered as equivalent to reviews undertaken under the aegis of this policy, unless the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost determines otherwise.

2.5 Assessment Report The Vice-President (Academic) and Provost shall provide an assessment report of each academic review to SCAR.

2.6 Annual Report to Senate SCAR shall report annually to Senate on the progress of all academic reviews.

2.7 SCAR to Advise SCAR shall provide advice and commentary to the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost on the application of this policy and any procedures that are approved pursuant to this policy.


3.0 Accountability

3.1 The University Secretary is responsible for advising the President that a formal review of the Policy and any secondary documents is required.

3.2 The Vice-President (Academic) and Provost is responsible for ensuring compliance with this policy.

3.3 The Vice-President (Academic) and Provost is responsible for proposing procedures for the conduct of undergraduate and graduate academic reviews.

3.4 The Vice-President (Academic) and Provost is responsible for reporting the results of each academic review to SCAR, along with an assessment respecting the results of each academic review.

3.5 The University Secretary is responsible for ensuring that SCAR reports to Senate on an annual basis with regard to the progress of all academic reviews.


4.0 Secondary Documents

4.1 Senate shall approve procedures which are secondary to and comply with this Policy. Such procedures shall be developed and proposed by the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost and recommended to the approving body by SCAR.


5.0 Review

5.1 Formal Policy reviews will be conducted every ten (10) years. The next scheduled review date for this Policy is January 5, 2015.

5.2 In the interim, this Policy may be revised or rescinded if:

(a) the Approving Sody deems necessary; or
(b) the relevant Bylaw, Regulations or Policy is revised or rescinded.

5.3 If this Policy is revised or rescinded, all Secondary Documents will be reviewed as soon as reasonably possible in order to ensure that they:

(a) comply with the revised Policy; or
(b) are in turn rescinded.


6.0 Effect on Previous Statements

6.1 This Policy supersedes the following:

(a) all previous Board/Senate Policies, Procedures, and resolutions on the subject matter contained herein; and
(b) all previous Administration Policies, Procedures, and directives on the subject matter contained herein;
(c) Policy 429: Academic Review, July 3, 1996


7.0 Cross References

Academic Program Reviews Procedures