1 Donna Woolcott, PhD Executive Director, Quality on Quality MAY 7, 2012 UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR
2 Overview of quality assurance R International context R Ontario context Quality Council mandate Key elements of the new Quality Framework DLEs and Learning Outcomes Questions/discussion on Quality
3 Quality assurance in Ontario universities operates at the level of excellence consistent with western Europe, United Kingdom, United States, and Australia Like other global leaders in quality assurance, Ontario universities are shifting their focus to learning outcomes Ontario s Degree Level Expectations cover on Quality each degree level and universities have learning outcomes for individual courses and programs
4 Ontario has had rigorous quality assurance for its university programs since the 1960s: Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS) ( ) Undergraduate Program Review Audit Committee (UPRAC) on Quality ( ) New: on Quality (Quality Council)
5 The Quality Council Arm s length from universities and government R Two committees to carry out its key duties: an Appraisal Committee to review all new programs; and on Quality R an Audit Committee to audit universities on a periodic cycle Recommendations go from committees to the Quality Council for approval
6 Dr. Sam ScullyChair (Post Secondary Education Consultant) Dr. Ron BondOut-of Province Quality Expert (Chair, Campus Alberta Quality Council) Dr. Sue HortonGraduate Dean Representative (Associate Provost, Graduate Studies, University of Waterloo) Mme. Maureen LacroixCitizen Representative (Sudbury) Dr. Moira McPhersonUndergraduate Dean Representative (Associate Vice-President (Academic), Lakehead University) Prof. Eric NayAcademic Colleague Representative (Associate Dean Liberal Studies, OCADU) Dr. Patrick OosthuizenAcademic Colleague Representative (Professor Emeritus, Engineering, Queen s University) on Quality Dr. Cheryl RegehrOCAV Representative (Vice-Provost Academic Programs, University of Toronto) Dr. Bruce TuckerOCAV Representative (Associate Vice-President Academic Affairs, University of Windsor) Dr. Donna WoolcottEx-Officio Member (Executive Director Quality )
7 Each university developed its Institutional Quality Process (IQAP) to meet framework standards All IQAPs were ratified by Quality Council Every IQAP includes protocols for: R New program approvals at both institutional and Quality Council levels R Expedited approvals at both levels R Cyclical review of existing programs R Audit process on Quality
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9 Must be based on degree level expectations appropriate to degree (undergraduate, graduate) Identify learning outcomes on Quality
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11 A Guide to Developing and Assessing Learning Outcomes at the University of Guelph ( on Quality
12 2.1.1Objectives Consistency of the program with the institution s mission and academic plans. Clarity and appropriateness of the program s requirements and associated learning outcomes in addressing the institution s own on undergraduate Quality or graduate Degree Level Expectations. Appropriateness of degree nomenclature.
13 2.1.2Admission requirements Appropriateness of the program s admission requirements for the learning outcomes established for completion of the program. Sufficient explanation of alternative requirements, if any, for admission into a graduate, second-entry or Quality undergraduate program, such as minimum grade point average, additional languages or portfolios, along with how the program recognizes prior work or learning experience.
14 2.1.3Structure Appropriateness of the program's structure and regulations to meet specified program learning outcomes and degree level expectations. For graduate programs, a clear rationale for program length that ensures that on Quality the program requirements can be reasonably completed within the proposed time period.
15 2.1.5Mode of delivery Appropriateness of the proposed mode(s) of delivery to meet the intended program learning outcomes and Degree Level Expectations. on Quality
16 Three examples of the presentation of program Learning Outcomes linked to Degree Level Expectations are shown on the next three slides Illustrations are adapted from submissions to date to the Quality Council for new program on Quality approval
17 DLEs Learning Outcome How the Program Design & Requirement Elements Support the Attainment of Student Learning Outcomes 1. Depth & Breadth of Knowledge Depth and breadth of knowledge is defined in (program name) as a thorough and up-to-date understanding of the history, and sociocultural practices of (program name). This is reflected in students who are able to: Apply such knowledge to a synthesized account of how Address current issues on Quality The program design and requirement elements that ensure these student outcomes for depth and breadth of knowledge are: The student s final degree requirement, the doctoral thesis, will entail 2. Research & Scholarship Research and scholarship is defined in (program name) The program design 3. Level of Application of Knowledge Research and scholarship is defined in (program name) The program design
18 Depth of Knowledge Research & Scholarship Level of Application of Knowledge Professional Capacity / Autonomy Level of Communication Skills Awareness of Limits of Knowledge Learning Outcome 1 Learning Outcome 2 a) Learning Outcome 2 b) Learning Outcome 3 a) Learning Outcome 3 b) Learning Outcome 3 c) % % % % % % % % % % % % % on Quality % % % % % % % % % Learning Outcome 4 a) Learning Outcome 4 b) Learning Outcome 4 c) % % % % % % % %
19 1. Depth and Breadth of Knowledge. Depth and breadth of knowledge is defined in XX Program as: a knowledge of the history of the development of, and contemporary approaches to,.. This is reflected in students who are able to: display expertise in ; critically review existing research literatures to identify key areas for research; etc. 2. Research and Scholarship on Quality Research and Scholarship is defined in XX Program as: the ability to conceptualize, design, and implement research for This is reflected in students who are able to: review relevant literatures; identify original research questions and appropriate methodologies/analytics for addressing these questions; etc.
20 2.1.4Program content Ways in which the curriculum addresses the current state of the discipline or area of study. Identification of any unique curriculum or program innovations or creative components. For research-focused graduate programs, clear indication on Quality of the nature and suitability of the major research requirements for degree completion. Evidence that each graduate student in the program is required to take a minimum of two-thirds of the course requirements from among graduate level courses.
21 2.1.6Assessment of teaching and learning Appropriateness of the proposed methods for the assessment of student achievement of the intended program learning outcomes and Degree Level Expectations. Completeness of plans for documenting on Quality and demonstrating the level of performance of students, consistent with the institution s statement of its Degree Level Expectations.
22 2.1.7Resources for all programs Adequacy of the administrative unit s planned utilization of existing human, physical and financial resources, and any institutional commitment to supplement those resources, to support the program. Participation of a sufficient number and quality of faculty who are competent to teach and/or supervise in the program. on Quality Evidence that there are adequate resources to sustain the quality of scholarship produced by undergraduate students as well as graduate students scholarship and research activities, including library support, information technology support, and laboratory access.
23 2.1.8Resources for graduate programs only Evidence that faculty have the recent research or professional/clinical expertise needed to sustain the program, promote innovation and foster an appropriate intellectual climate. Where appropriate to the program, evidence that financial on Quality assistance for students will be sufficient to ensure adequate quality and numbers of students. Evidence of how supervisory loads will be distributed, and the qualifications and appointment status of faculty who will provide instruction and supervision.
24 2.1.9Resources for undergraduate programs only Evidence of and planning for adequate numbers and quality of: (a) faculty and staff to achieve the goals of the program; or (b) of plans and the commitment to provide the necessary resources in step with the implementation of the program; (c) planned/anticipated class sizes; (d) provision of supervision of experiential on Quality learning opportunities (if required); and (e) the role of adjunct and part-time faculty.
25 2.1.10Quality and other indicators Definition and use of indicators that provide evidence of quality of the faculty (e.g., qualifications, research, innovation and scholarly record; appropriateness of collective faculty expertise to contribute substantively to the proposed on Quality program). Evidence of a program structure and faculty research that will ensure the intellectual quality of the student experience.
26 Can be used for some new program proposals as specified in the QAF: new field in graduate program; new collaborative program; new forcredit graduate diploma; or when an institution requests it, there are major modifications to existing programs or programs of specialization on Quality Quality Council does not require the use of external reviewers Reduced processes by Quality Council
27 Institutions will set out their own procedures for the identification and approval of Major Modifications in their IQAP Institutions will report annually to the Quality Council on the Major Modifications approved that on Quality year Institutions have the option of requesting the Quality Council to review a proposal for Major Modifications, in which case an Expedited Approval process would apply
28 As part of the ratification step, institutions will be required to define, for the Quality Council, within their IQAP, their internal definition of what constitutes a significant change in the requirements, intended learning outcomes or human and other resources associated with a on Quality degree program or program of specialization.
29 Requirements that differ significantly from those existing at the time of the previous cyclical program review Significant changes to the learning outcomes Significant changes to the faculty engaged in delivering the program and/or to on Quality the essential physical resources as may occur, for example, where there have been changes to the existing mode(s) of delivery (e.g., different campus, online delivery, inter-institutional collaboration)
30 a new Field in a graduate program where an institution requests endorsement of the Quality Council to declare a new field (note that fields are optional in master s and doctoral programs) proposal for a new Collaborative Program on Quality proposal for new for-credit graduate diploma
31 an institution requests it, there are Major Modifications to Existing Programs, as already defined through the IQAP, proposed for a degree program or program of specialization. on Quality
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33 4.3.1Objectives Program is consistent with the institution s mission and academic plans. Program requirements and learning outcomes are clear, appropriate and align with the institution s statement of the undergraduate on and/or Quality graduate Degree Level Expectations.
34 4.3.2Admission requirements Admission requirements are appropriately aligned with the learning outcomes established for completion of the program. on Quality
35 4.3.3Curriculum The curriculum reflects the current state of the discipline or area of study. Evidence of any significant innovation or creativity in the content and/or delivery of the program on Quality relative to other such programs. Mode(s) of delivery to meet the program s identified learning outcomes are appropriate and effective.
36 4.3.4Teaching and assessment Methods for assessing student achievement of the defined learning outcomes and degree learning expectations are appropriate and effective. Appropriateness and effectiveness of the means of assessment, especially in the students final year of on Quality the program, in clearly demonstrating achievement of the program learning objectives and the institution s (or the Program s own) statement of Degree Level Expectations.
37 4.3.5Resources Appropriateness and effectiveness of the academic unit s use of existing human, physical and financial resources in delivering its program(s). In making this assessment, reviewers must recognize the institution s autonomy to determine priorities for on Quality funding, space, and faculty allocation.
38 4.3.6Quality indicators While there are several widely used quality indicators or proxies for reflecting program quality, institutions are encouraged to include available measures of their own which they see as best achieving that goal. Outcome measures of student performance and achievement are of particular interest, but there are also important on Quality input and process measures which are known to have a strong association with quality outcomes. It is expected that many of the following listed examples will be widely used. The Guide makes reference to further sources and measures that might be considered.
39 Traditional methods of assessing knowledge and skills including examinations, written and oral presentations, assignments, etc. Learning portfolios (including e-portfolios) that document curricular and co-curricular learning during and at completion of the program on Quality Specific skills demonstration in classroom/ workplace/community/laboratory/simulations Documentation of solutions/products/processes that result from learning activities
40 4.3.6Quality indicators, cont d R Faculty: qualifications, research and scholarly record; class sizes; percentage of classes taught by permanent or non-permanent (contractual) faculty; numbers, assignments and qualifications of part-time or temporary faculty; R Students: applications and registrations; attrition rates; time-tocompletion; final-year academic achievement; graduation rates; academic awards; student in-course reports on teaching; on Quality and R Graduates: rates of graduation, employment six months and two years after graduation, post-graduate study, "skills match" and alumni reports on program quality when available and when permitted by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). Auditors will be instructed that these items may not be available and applicable to all programs.
41 4.3.7Quality enhancement Initiatives taken to enhance the quality of the program and the associated learning and teaching environment. on Quality
42 4.3.8Additional graduate program criteria Evidence that students time-to-completion is both monitored and managed in relation to the program s defined length and program requirements. Quality and availability of graduate supervision. on Quality Definition and application of indicators that provide evidence of faculty, student and program quality, for example
43 4.3.8Additional graduate program criteria, cont d R Faculty: funding, honours and awards, and commitment to student mentoring; R Students: grade-level for admission, scholarly output, success rates in provincial and national scholarships, competitions, awards and commitment to professional and transferable skills; R Program: evidence of a program structure on Quality and faculty research that will ensure the intellectual quality of the student experience; R Sufficient graduate level courses that students will be able to meet the requirement that two-thirds of their course requirements be met through courses at this level (see Guide.)
44 Conducted on an 8-year cycle through a panel of auditors that reports to the Audit Committee of the Quality Council Audit panel made up of past and present senior academics selected for their strength in developing academic programs on Quality The panel examines each institution s compliance with its Institutional Quality Process The Quality Council has the authority to approve or not approve the auditors report
45 University of Toronto, Developing Learning Outcomes: A Guide for Faculty ( esign/learning-outcomes.htm) University of Guelph, Course progression maps ( on Quality ex.cfm)
46 McMaster University, Ontario s Degree Level Expectations ( Carleton University, Moving Towards an Outcomesbased Curriculum ( COU, Ensuring the Value of University Degrees in on Quality Ontario (
47 Ryerson University, Curriculum Development ( development/#analyze ) Ryerson University, Mapping Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations ( elexpectations/index.html) on Quality
48 University of Waterloo, Curriculum Mapping Template ( html) Presentations from Learning Outcomes Symposium: on Quality
49 Processes designed to encourage high standards, quality and innovation while being efficient Processes support the creation of a culture of quality in the universities Learning outcomes are front and centre at all degree on Quality levels, programs and courses New system is more transparent and facilitates accountability to key stakeholders: students, their parents, university community, governments
50 Dr. Donna Woolcott Executive Director Quality on Quality
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