Normally conducted on a program or unit once every seven years, the academic quality assurance process is designed to be completed in one calendar year through four main phases:
There are a few concluding steps in the review process, including a sign-off of the review results by the Academic Quality Assurance Committee and a document that summarizes the implementation requirements. Once the process is complete, the main points from the review documents are summarized and released for general communication on this website.
Each review is run by a Program Review Coordinator, a faculty member from the program or unit. The Coordinator is assisted in the review by the Self Study Committee, which has a minimum of three members, full professors in the program or department.
Approved by the General Faculties Council and Board of Governors, the Academic Quality Assurance Policy & Process is the guiding document behind quality assurance reviews at the University of Lethbridge. It sets out a policy and a process for quality assurance, moving from higher-level goals and principles to a detailed description of the process to be followed in conducting unit and program reviews.
For a complete description of the process: AQA Policy + Procedures_2012 Revision_Version 2.3.pdf