The curriculum specialists at the Teaching Support Centre assist curriculum review and renewal processes that are faculty-driven, student-focused, collaborative, evidence-based and meaningful to the needs of the department.
You can navigate through the stages of continuous curriculum improvement below to find Western-specific resources designed to introduce and guide an inquiry-based approach to curriculum review.
IQAP - Institutional Quality Assurance Process
Undergraduate and graduate programs at Western undergo curriculum review every 7 years under the Institutional Quality Assurance Process.
Check Western’s Institutional Quality Assurance Process website to find out when your program is due to undergo review, review timelines, curriculum review forms, and other resources.
As part of the curriculum review or new program proposal process, departments are asked to articulate how their students achieve the Ontario Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Level Expectations (WDOs and GDLEs).
WDOs and GDLEs capture the fundamental areas of knowledge and skills that students acquire by the end of their degrees.
Typically, the self study report includes a table, in which the program describes how their program learning outcomes map onto or fulfill the degree level expectations.
As part of the Curriculum Review process, departments will receive a list of recommendations for improving program quality from the external reviewers. For example, recommendations may include: the need for adding a key course on research methods to a master’s program, requiring graduate students to meet with their advisory committees a certain number of times per year, revision of comprehensive exam practices, or recommending additional faculty positions to support the number of students in a growing program.
Departments have a chance to respond to the reviewers' recommendations before their program review document enters the final assessment of review through SUPR-U and SUPR-G. In the response, departments articulate what they may have already done to address recommendations, and what, if any, changes are in process or planned for the future.
Continue exploring curriculum review and renewal using the links below