Laurentian University’s Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP) is designed to be in compliance with the Quality Assurance Framework adopted by the publicly-assisted universities of the Province of Ontario.
The Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents (OCAV) has established the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (the Quality Council). The purpose of the Quality Council is to assure the relevant stakeholders—including students, faculty members, administrators, other educational institutions throughout the world, employers, governments and the public at large—that the undergraduate and graduate programs in Ontario universities meet high standards of quality. The Council operates at arm’s length from universities and governments, to ensure its independence. Nevertheless, in establishing the Quality Council, OCAV has acknowledged that academic standards, quality assurance and program improvement are, in the first instance, the responsibility of the universities themselves.
This IQAP derives its authority and legitimacy from the Quality Council, and also from the Academic Senate of Laurentian University, the body responsible for academic matters at the University. The authoritative contact between the IQAP and the Quality Council is the Provost. The Senate establishes that its Academic Planning Committee (ACAPLAN), chaired by the Provost, is responsible for the application and execution of the IQAP, and for the assurance of curricular quality assessment at Laurentian University. In fulfilling this responsibility, ACAPLAN works cooperatively with the Vice-presidents, the Deans, the Council of English Language Programs (CELP), le Conseil des programmes en français (CPF), the Faculty Councils and the academic units.
Undergraduate and Graduate Program Reviews - Report from the Academic Planning Committee
Quality Assurance: The Final Assessment
As a final step in the Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP) the Academic Planning Committee of Senate (ACAPLAN) is responsible for posting on the Web site an Executive Summary of the final Assessment Report and Implementation Plan. This document is based on the final Report that ACAPLAN prepares for Senate. The Final Report identifies significant strengths of the program, opportunities for program improvement and sets these out as a series of recommendations and commendations. In doing so, the report identifies who will be responsible for responding to these recommendations.
We recognize that academic units may already have begun to respond to the various recommendations before the report is officially posted on the Web site. However, in our process we normally await the review/report that will be brought forward by the academic unit to ACAPLAN in order to assess the unit response to the recommendations. The response of the academic unit is presented to ACAPLAN as an 18 month follow-up to the original report.