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Cyclical Program Review (CPR)


Protocol for Cyclical Program Reviews

YUQAP Section 6. The Protocol for Cyclical Program Reviews assesses the academic standards of existing undergraduate and graduate programs, including credit graduate diploma programs, and ensures that all programs maintain the highest academic quality.

All undergraduate and graduate degree programs, certificate programs, and graduate diplomas approved by the Senate of York University - including those offered in full or in part by its federated and affiliated institutions (colleges and universities) through collaborative or other affiliation agreements - are required to complete a review every eight years, in accordance with the protocol, guidelines, and schedule set out in the YUQAP, the Policy on the Approval and Cyclical Review of Programs and other Curriculum, and the Quality Assurance Framework.

CPR Templates & Guidelines

At the heart of the Cyclical Review process, is the program's self study and the subsequent preparation of a Self-Study Review.

The Self Study Review allows a program to assess:

  • Its strengths and weaknesses
  • Its appropriateness in the context of current trends in the field
  • Its academic plans and its relevance to the University's academic plans
  • The relevance of its Program Learning Outcomes
  • Issues and trends related to students
  • The areas for potential enhancement and how improvements can be made
  • Any obstacles it faces in achieving its goals
  • The topics in which they would like external advice.

Through the Self Study, a program will critically examine its courses and curricular requirements, with an eye to degree level expectations and learning objectives that operationally drive admission requirements, curriculum content, modes of delivery, bases of evaluation of student performance and commitment of resources. Degree level expectations, combined with the expert judgment of external disciplinary scholars, provide the benchmarks for assessing a program’s standards and quality. The evaluation criteria and quality indicators that programs are required to address in their self-study provide a framework whereby data analysis, including consideration of the integrity of the data, contributes to the assessment of strengths and weaknesses of the program. An important question for programs to keep in mind during their self-study is the extent to which their curriculum and requirements support the achievement of their expectations and learning outcomes.

There are multiple avenues for support in programs' assessment of these elements. See the page on CPR Support for 2023-2024 Cycle for more.

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