Quality assurance of academic programs

UVic has an internal program review process based on institutional policies and procedures, including mandatory review of all new programs by Senate.  New program proposals are submitted to the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training for approval after review by the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB). After performing its review, the DQAB determines whether the new degree meets established criteria and makes its recommendations to the Minister.  Details about exempt status and the Degree Quality Assessment Board are available on the Ministry Web site. 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.

Academic program review process

UVic's internal academic program review process assists academic units in evaluating, through a process of informed judgement, 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 by the relevant professional organization may be substituted for an academic program review with VPAC approval in accordance with Senate policy AC 1145.


Administrative process and procedures

  • Academic Program Reviews (APR) shall be scheduled according to policy AC 1145 or may be requested by the academic unit or Dean.  Units undergoing APR shall identify a faculty coordinator and administrative coordinator to work closely with the Academic Planning Unit.
  • Academic units shall follow the guidelines provided in the Procedures for Academic Program Reviews and utilize data from the unit's current Enhanced Planning Tools report for completing the self-study. 
  • A workshop to assist and prepare units for this process is scheduled twice a year.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the .

Schedule of academic program reviews




  • Department of Theatre
  • Department of Pacific & Asian Studies


  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Visual Arts
  • Department of Greek & Roman Studies
  • Department of Hispanic & Italian Studies
  • Faculty of Law
  • Writing Centre


  • School of Earth & Ocean Sciences
  • Department of Physics & Astronomy


  • Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Economics
  • Cultural, Socia and Political Thought Program
  • Medieval Studies Program
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies (enrolment review)