Renewing the Dream (2002) commits the University of Saskatchewan to be a major presence in graduate education in Canada and to adhere to international standards in all that we do. Therefore, we expect our graduate programs to meet or exceed the quality standards demonstrated in similar programs at medical-doctoral and research-intensive universities across Canada and around the world.
The academic review of graduate programs is one of the priorities for assessment at the University of Saskatchewan. The university’s Framework for Assessment (2008) established the Graduate Program Review process as the primary instrument to assess the quality of our graduate program activities and outcomes. A graduate program review is not an end in itself but a means by which information, data and analyses are used to improve all aspects of the program.
The quality of University of Saskatchewan graduate programs will be assessed in the domains of teaching and learning, and of research and scholarly accomplishments. Examples of quality characteristics include the following:
- a superior student experience;
- timely program completion rates and times;
- high quality of theses and dissertations;
- excellence and distinctiveness of faculty contributions to teaching, research and supervision of students;
- broad levels of dissemination of research and significant impact of research outcomes; and
- quality and effectiveness of administration of graduate programs.