In 2010, the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), through the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents (OCAV), and in consultation with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), agreed that the quality of university programs would be monitored through the Ontario Universities Quality Assurance Council (QC).
The objective is to facilitate a more integrated approach to academic and budgetary planning, and to enhance the quality of a university education. It also aims to improve consistency among all university programs offered in Ontario. Queen's own institutional quality assurance processes, which builds upon the Quality Assurance Framework, were approved by OCAV and the executive heads of Ontario universities in 2011. Following an audit of Queen’s quality assurance processes, these were amended and approved by Queen's Senate and the provincial Quality Council in 2015.
Audit of Queen's Quality Assurance Processes
Once every eight years, all publicly assisted Ontario Universities are required to participate in an audit to determine whether or not the institution, since its last review, has acted in compliance with the provisions of its Quality Assurance Processes. Queen’s first audit took place in February 2014 and no causes for concern were identified. The detailed findings of the review can be found in the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance Summary Report.
Following the audit of Queen's University's Quality Assurance Processes in 2014, we made the improvements recommended by the Quality Council. The Auditors' Report outlines our follow-up actions.