As outlined in the Framework for Assessment: Beyond Systematic Program Review (2008), review of the various academic, administrative and operational units that comprise the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is of upmost importance and demonstrates the university’s continued commitment to ensuring programming and services are of the highest quality. In particular, undertaking systematic review activities will lead to:

  • improved student learning and development
  • improved quality in program and service offerings
  • increased creative research and scholarly endeavors
  • alignment with institution-wide goals (Framework for Assessment, 2008)

The university’s commitment to undergoing systematic review activities is in line with the standard presented by the Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality Assurance Board (SHEQAB) which states that “The institution implements a periodic external program review and assessment process to ensure the ongoing currency of the program and the quality of its learning outcomes” (Quality Assurance Review Process: Program Review Standards and Criteria, 2014, p. 8). To learn about the Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality Assurance Board, please visit their website.

Reviews of academic and administrative units

Reviews at the U of S include any academic unit, administrative unit, service, program or activity. The focus of the review may have an administrative orientation (e.g., Human Resources), service orientation (e.g., Food Services) or may focus on an area that is defined by diverse organizational, operational and program characteristics (e.g., Information Technology Services, Student Advising, International Student and Study Abroad Centre).

In recognition of the diversity of organizational units and functions on campus, a standardized yet flexible approach to the review process has been developed, wherein specific unit-based guidelines will be provided as necessary and templates will be adaptable dependent upon the unit under review.

Graduate program reviews

Academic reviews of all graduate programs are carried out based on a seven-year cycle, as determined by the College of Graduate Studies and Research. While the review process of graduate programs is closely aligned with the process for reviews of all other academic and administrative units, graduate programs are reviewed independently at the University of Saskatchewan. Please visit the graduate program review (GPR) website to view the schedule, guidelines and resources related to graduate program review.

Guidelines and templates

Please refer to the links below for additional information about the review process, including guidelines, timeline of key review activities and various sample templates.

Please contact us if you have any questions or for additional information regarding reviews at the University of Saskatchewan.

Review schedule and outcomes

Type of review

Description

Status

Documentation

Unit

College of Engineering

Completed

Program

English (MA, PhD)

Planned

 

Program

History (MA, PhD)

Planned

 

Program

Linguistics (MA)

Planned

 

Program

Music (MMus, MA)

Planned

 

Program

Philosophy (MA)

Planned

 

Program

Religion and Culture (MA)

Planned

 

Program

Writing (MFA)

Planned

 

Program

Kinesiology (MSc, PhD, PGD)

Planned

 

Program

Physical Therapy (MPT)

Planned

 

Program

Nursing (MN, PhD)

Planned

 

For additional information about outcomes of the completed Graduate Program Reviews, please contact Nathan Risling at 306-966-1606 or nathan.risling@usask.ca

Type of review

Description

Status

Documentation

Unit

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Completed

Unit

Library

Completed

Unit

School of Environment and Sustainability

Completed

Program

Archaeology & Anthropology (M.A.)

Completed

Program

Economics (M.A., P.G.D)

Completed

Program

Geography and Planning (M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Indigenous Studies (M.A., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Political Studies (M.A.)

Completed

Program

Psychology (M.A., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Sociology (M.A., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Large Animal Clinical Science (M.Vet.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Small Animal Clinical Science (M.Vet.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Veterinary Biomedical Science (M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Veterinary Microbiology (M.Vet.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Veterinary Pathology (M.Vet.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

For additional information about outcomes of the completed Graduate Program Reviews, please contact Nathan Risling at 306-966-1606 or nathan.risling@usask.ca

Type of review

Description

Status

Documentation

Program

Biology (M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Chemistry (M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Computer Science (M.Sc., Ph.D, P.G.D)

Completed

Program

Geology (M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Mathematics & Statistics (M.Math, M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Physics & Engineering Physics (M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Biological Engineering (M.Eng, M.Sc., Ph.D, P.G.D)

Completed

Program

Biomedical Engineering (M.Eng, M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Chemical Engineering (M.Eng, M.Sc., Ph.D, P.G.D)

Completed

Program

Civil and Geological Engineering (M.Eng, M.Sc., Ph.D, P.G.D)

Completed

Program

Electrical & Computer Engineering (M.Eng, M.Sc., Ph.D, P.G.D)

Completed

Program

Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng, M.Sc., Ph.D, P.G.D)

Completed

Unit

School of Public Health

Completed

For additional information about outcomes of the completed Graduate Program Reviews, please contact Nathan Risling at 306-966-1606 or nathan.risling@usask.ca

Type of review Description Status Documentation

Unit

Native Law Centre

Completed

The University of Saskatchewan review process was put on hold for 2012-13 to accommodate a campus-wide program prioritization project.

Type of review Description Status Documentation

Program

Curriculum Studies (M.Ed, Ph.D)

Completed

Program

Educational Administration (M.Ed, Ph.D, P.G.D.)

Completed

 

Program

Educational Foundations (M.Ed, M.C.Ed., Ph.D)

Completed

 

Program

Educational Psychology and Special Education (M.Ed, M.Sc., Ph.D, P.G.D.)

Completed

 

Program

Law (LL.M)

Completed

 

Program

Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Completed

 

Program

Finance and Management Science (M.Sc.)

Completed

 

Program

Professional Accounting (M.P.Acc)

Completed

 

For additional information about outcomes of the completed Graduate Program Reviews, please contact Nathan Risling at 306-966-1606 or nathan.risling@usask.ca

Type of review

Description

Status

Documentation

Program

Bioresource Policy, Business & Economics (M.Agr., M.Sc., Ph.D, P.G.D)

Completed

 

Program

Animal and Poultry Science (M.Agr., M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

 

Program

Food Science and Bioproduct Sciences (M.Agr., M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

 

Program

Plant Sciences (M.Sc., Ph.D)

Completed

 

Program

Social Science (M.Agr., M.Sc., Ph.D, P.G.D)

Completed

 

Program

Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D, P.G.D)

Completed

 

Program

Toxicology (interdisciplinary) (M.Sc., Ph.D, P.G.D)

Completed

 

Unit

College of Dentistry

Completed

Unit

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Completed

For additional information about outcomes of the completed Graduate Program Reviews, please contact Nathan Risling at 306-966-1606 or nathan.risling@usask.ca

Type of review Description Status Documentation

Unit

Human Resources

Completed

Function

Undergraduate Student Advising – campus-wide

Completed

Function

Undergraduate Student Advising – College of Arts and Science

Completed