Quality assurance

At the University of Ottawa, we’re committed to the excellence of our scholarship and to ensuring an outstanding university experience through the quality and reputation of our programs. This is achieved, in part, through our dedication to quality assurance. The provincial organism responsible for the quality of all undergraduate and graduate programs as well as for overseeing the audit of each university’s quality assurance process is the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (the “Quality Council”), established by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) in 2010.

Each university is required by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to design and implement its own Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP) in accordance with both the Quality Council’s Quality Assurance Framework and the institution’s mission and degree level expectations.

The University of Ottawa’s IQAP (PDF) was ratified by the Quality Council in June 2011 and audited in March 2013 to ensure compliance. The results of this audit are presented in the Summary Report of the Quality Assurance Audit of the University of Ottawa (PDF) and the University's response to the recommendations is available in the Auditors' Report and Institutional Response (PDF).

The IQAP includes all protocols in place for the evaluation and modification of existing programs of study as well as for the approval of new programs, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It enables the University to ensure the best quality and the highest standards in the programs it offers.

The Senate is the final authority responsible for quality assurance of all university for-credit programs. The Vice-President Academic and Provost oversees the quality assurance process.

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