Step 1: Program Self-Study

A self-study document will be prepared and submitted by the graduate program chair or designates from the program under review.  The goal of the self-study is to gather data and information for the analysis of program strengths and weaknesses.  The best practice self-study will be reflective and analytical rather than descriptive, will be highly participatory, and will provide meaningful input into the efforts to effect program improvements. 

While the self-study document will be largely completed by the academic unit whose graduate program is under review, the unit will receive assistance from the graduate program review co-ordinator, the College of Graduate Studies and Research and Information Strategy and Analytics. They will provide guidance and advice and will supply central program-specific data for the self-study document. A SharePoint document workspace will be created to facilitate the completion of the self-stufy document.

The self-study document will provide a comprehensive set of data for the graduate program under review. The data will be a combination of historic and current graduate program attributes. The historic period under review for each program begins five years prior to the last academic year completed before a graduate program review is undertaken. For example, a program review starting in September 2014 will include historic program data back to the 2009-10 academic year and will move up to the 2013-14 academic year, inclusively.

The nature of the required information for the self-study is described in detail in the self-study Data Definitions.  The glossary also identifies which of the text fields or data tables will be:

  • Completed by the unit with responsibility for the program under review 
  • Pre-filled by the graduate program review co-ordinator in association with the College of Graduate Studies and Research and Information Strategy and Analytics