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Program reviews & quality assurance

Through a process of informed judgement, UVic's internal external review process assists academic units in evaluating the quality and suitability of academic endeavours with a view to further improvement. It also provides internal and external accountability of academic programs.

Accreditation or reaccreditation

Accreditation or re-accreditation by the relevant professional organization may be substituted for an external review with VPAC approval in accordance with Senate policy AC1145.

To arrange for VPAC's participation in an accreditation or re-accreditation site visit, please submit one of the templates: accreditation or re-accreditation.

Administrative process and procedures

UVic has an internal program review process based on institutional policies and procedures.

In October 2020, Senate approved the updated AC1145 policy. For an overview of updates to the policy and associated documents, please see the External Reviews of Academic Units Leadership PowerPoint and the External Reviews of Academic Units Staff Training PowerPoint.

Interdisciplinary programs

Interdisciplinary programs that undergo review should also reference:

Need help?

Sample External Review Itinerary is available to units to prepare their site visit.

As well, we offer a workshop to assist and prepare units for this process twice a year.

If you have any questions, please contact the Academic Planning and Programs Unit at

External review of academic units reports

In 2018/19, the Degree Quality Assessment Board conducted a regular review of our processes for academic program review. View the summary of the Quality Assurance Process Audit.

  • Pacific and Asian Studies
  • European Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Political Science
  • Global Development Studies
  • Curriculum Instruction & Teacher Education
  • Indigenous Education
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Cultural, Social and Political Thought Program
  • Medieval Studies Program
  • Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies

  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science
  • School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Department of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education
  • Indigenous Governance Program
  • Department of Linguistics
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
  • Department of Geography
  • School of Nursing (Graduate Program)
  • School of Public Health and Social Policy
  • Department of Psychology
  • School of Child and Youth Care
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Writing

  • School of Music
  • Department of English
  • Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies
  • Department of Art History & Visual Arts
  • University Library (Service Area)
  • English Language Centre (Service Area)

  • Department of Gender Studies
  • Department of French
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology
  • Department of Biology
  • Division of Medical Sciences
  • School of Health Information Science
  • School of Public Administration
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program