Queen's University Quality Assurance Processes (QUQAP)


Queen’s University Quality Assurance Processes (QUQAP) provide the framework for approval of new academic programs, major modifications to programs and regular reviews of existing programs. 


The purpose of QUQAP is to ensure continued high quality for both existing and new undergraduate, graduate and professional programs at Queen’s, as well as to support efforts to ensure consistency and cohesion of all academic programs offered by Ontario’s publicly assisted universities. Overall responsibility for the process lies with the Provost, with oversight delegated to the Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning.


Queen's University Quality Assurance Processes


In 2010, the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), through the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents (OCAV), and in consultation with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU), agreed that the quality of university programs would be monitored through the Ontario Universities Quality Assurance Council (QC). The Quality Council operates at arm’s length from both Ontario’s publicly assisted universities and Ontario’s government. Queen's own institutional quality assurance processes, which build upon the Quality Assurance Framework, were most recently updated in 2022.


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, and the Auditors' Report outlines the university's follow-up actions. Queen's second audit is in progress in 2023-24.

Significant Dates and Deadlines

Meeting dates for all Faculty Boards, Graduate Councils along with GSEC, SCADP, Senate, Appraisal Committee, and Quality Council are available here: Important Dates & Deadlines 2023-2024.pdf


For any information about Queen's University Quality Assurance Processes, please contact the Teaching and Learning Coordinators at:


Queen's University Quality Assurance Processes policy

Click here for QUQAP Policy

Queen's University Degree Level Expectations

Click here for Degree Level Expectations

Ontario Universities Council Quality Assurance Framework

Click here to read more about Ontario's Quality Assurance Framework

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Curriculum Development Information and Resources on Developing Learning Outcomes.

Click here for Curriculum Development Information

The School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs' QUQAP Information and Resources

Click here for the SGSPA Information and Resources