Overview and Scope
All undergraduate and graduate programs offered by Western and its affiliated University Colleges (Brescia University College, Huron University College, and King’s University College) for which a degree is conferred or a diploma or certificate is awarded are subject to Western’s IQAP. In addition, Western’s IQAP includes all programs offered jointly between Western and another institution (such as collaborative programs offered by Western and Fanshawe College).
The Quality Assurance Framework has four components:
- Protocol for New Program Approvals applies to new undergraduate and new graduate programs; in addition to requiring Senate approval, new programs require review and approval by the Quality Council Appraisal Committee.
- Protocol for Expedited Approvals applies to the introduction of a new collaborative graduate program or graduate diploma. It also applies to collaborative undergraduate programs, such as 2 + 2 programs with Fanshawe College. Following approval by Senate, such new program or diploma proposals are submitted to the Quality Council for expedited review and approval. Major modifications to existing programs are approved by Senate and reported to the Quality Council.
- Protocol for Cyclical Review of Existing Programs applies to existing undergraduate and graduate programs and for-credit diploma programs. When possible and desirable, undergraduate and graduate program reviews can be conducted concurrently and may be scheduled to coincide with external accreditation reviews.
- Protocol for the Audit Process applies to an audit of Western’s own Institutional Quality Assurance Process for the review of undergraduate and graduate programs. The Quality Council has the authority to approve or not approve the auditors’ report. The outcome of an audit cannot reverse the approval of program.