Program evaluation is a pillar of our quality assurance activities.

Cyclical review of programs

As part of the University of Ottawa’s Institutional Quality AssuranceProcess (IQAP) (PDF, 667 KB), all programs are evaluated every seven years (maximum of eight years) to ensure that we continuously deliver the highest standards and quality in our programs. 

The goal of the cyclical review process is to constantly improve our quality programs and engage the academic units in a culture of progressive and continuous learning. The cyclical review is not simply an administrative requirement. Rather, it is an opportunity to develop and strengthen programs that are currently of good quality and to address any challenges within our programs. 

These cyclical program evaluations measure the degree to which programs: 

  • Have attained their program goals and desired learning outcomes 
  • Meet student’s needs and provide them with a university experience that lives up to their expectations 
  • Help the University accomplish its academic goals and mission 
  • Possess the quantity and quality of human, financial and material resources required 
  • Are viable and relevant 

The self-study element of a cyclical review is a critical look at all aspects of a program—the curriculum, student population and faculty resources as well as all other human, financial and material resources. It is an in-depth, forward-looking probe based on significant amounts of data as well as quality indicators.

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