The Office of Quality Assurance coordinates the Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP) at the University of Windsor and assists programs with the following processes:
- cyclical review of existing graduate and undergraduate programs
- new program development including:
For details and guidance about the IQAP process contact the Office of Quality Assurance or review the resources on this site.
University of Windsor IQAP Quality Assurance Guide
The guide (available from the Senate PDC webpage linked below) outlines the quality assurance process at the University of Windsor and is based on the Ontario Quality Assurance Framework, developed by the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.
The IQAP process has been developed in conjunction with the new Quality Assurance Framework for Ontario universities. In developing this framework care was taken to balance the need for accountability with the need to encourage normal curricular evolution.
The history of quality assurance in Ontario universities is deep-rooted and dates back to 1968. Over the ensuing years the reviewing of graduate programs was handled by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS), while undergraduate program reviews were developed by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and carried out by the Undergraduate Program Review Audit Committee (UPRAC) under the direction of the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents (OCAV).
As of 2010 a new assurance body was developed called the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (the Quality Council). Building on well-tested processes, the work of the Quality Council ensures that Ontario continues to have a rigorous quality assurance framework. This Council operates at arm’s length from universities and the government to ensure its independence. Moreover, in establishing the Quality Council, OCAV fully acknowledges that academic standards, quality assurance and program improvement are, in the first instance, the responsibility of universities themselves. This Framework recognizes the institution’s autonomy to determine priorities for funding, space, and faculty allocation.