Degree Program Reviews

Background

As a public post-secondary institution in British Columbia, UNBC is required to have policies and procedures in place for the periodic review of degree programs and academic services. The Degree Program Reviews Policy and Procedures reflect the University's mandate, mission and values, assess the effectivenes of its programs, services, and responsiveness to student, labour market, and social needs, and contribute to the contiuous improvement of the University.

As a Member of Universities Canada, UNBC is required to have robust degree quality assurance policies and procedures and be in compliance with applicable provincial Ministry quality assurance standards.


Purpose

The Degree Program Reviews Policy and Procedures support the commitment of the University and its faculty and staff to the quality, accountability, sustainability, and continuous improvement of the degree programs and academic service units. Degree program reviews strengthen the academic rigor of the degree programs and support the vision, mission, and values of UNBC.


Steps Involved in the Degree Program Review Process

I. Initiation and Self-Study

  1. Initiate and announce Degree Program Review.
  2. Appoint members to the External Review Committee and develop Terms of Reference for the Committee.
  3. Complete the Self-Study.

II. External Review

  1. Visit from External Reviewers.
  2. Complete and submit External Review of Degree Programs Report to the University.
  3. Respond to the External Review Report and develop an Action Plan.

III. Governance

  1. Present Executive Summary, Responses, and Action Plan to SCAAF and Senate upon request or recommendation of the SCAAF (open session).
  2. Present the Self-Study, Appendices, and External Review of Degree Programs Report to the SCAAF and Senate upon request or recommendation of the SCAAF for information (closed session).
  3. Post the Executive Summary, Responses, and Action Plan on the Provost and Vice President, Academic website.

IV. Follow-up

  1. Submit 12, 24, and 32-month Action Plan Progress Reports to the Dean and the Provost and Vice President, Academic
  2. Submit the 36-month Progress Report to the SCAAF and Senate for information (open session)
  3. Post the 36-month Action Plan Progress Report to the Provost and Vice President, Academic website

References and Support

If you have any questions about the degree program review process, please contact Teresa Langford at teresa.langford@unbc.ca. If you have any questions about any completed reviews, please contact Brenda Sitter at brenda.sitter@unbc.ca.


Degree Program Review Schedule

Each academic year below can be expanded to view a list of academic units and degree programs under review. Completed degree program reviews will include a link to the documents associated with the review for each academic unit as they become available.

2019/2020 Academic Year

Academic Unit/Degree Review Status
Biochemistry
Economics
Ecosystem Science and Management
Global and International Studies
Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management

2018/2019 Academic Year

Academic Unit/Degree Review Status
Education On Hold
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Planning
Political Science
Psychology

2017/2018 Academic Year

Academic Unit/Degree Review Status
Health Sciences
(BHSc Biomedical Studies, BHSc Community and Population Health - Aboriginal and Rural Health, BHSc Community and Population Health - Environmental Health, BHSc Disability Management, MSc Health Sciences, PhD Health Sciences)
Completed July 2019
Environmental Planning
Physics

2016/2017 Academic Year

Academic Unit/DegreeReview Status
Chemistry
(BSc Chemistry, BSc Honours Chemistry, BSc Chemistry/Computer Science Joint Major, BSc Chemistry/Mathematics Joint Major, BSc Chemistry/Physics Joint Major, BSc Chemistry Minor, BSc Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Completed July 2019
Enivronmental Science
(BSc Environmental Science, BSc Environmental Science Minor, BSc Aquatic Science Minor, BSc Atmospheric Science Minor, BSc Soils and the Environment Minor)
Completed July 2019
First Nations Studies
(BA First Nations Studies, BA First Nations Studies/Women's Studies Joint Major, BA First Nations Studies Minor, BA Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Minor, Dipl. Aboriginal/Indigenous Health and Healing, Dipl. First Nations Language, First Nations Studies Certificate Programs, MA First Nations Studies)
Completed July 2019
Mathematics and Statistics
(BSc Mathematics, BSc Mathematics/Chemistry Joint Major, BSc Mathematics/Computer Science Joint Major, BSc Mathematics/Economics Joint Major, BSc Mathematics/Physics Joint Major, BSc Mathematics and Statistics Minor, BSc Mathematics, Computer and Physical Sciences Minor)
Completed July 2019

2015/2016 Academic Year

Academic Unit/DegreeReview Status
Anthropology
(BA Anthropology, BA Anthropology Minor, BA Honours Anthropology, BA Anthropology/Geography Joint Major, MA Interdisciplinary Studies)
Completed May 2017
Computer ScienceIn progress
English
(BA English, BA English/Environmental Studies Joint Major, BA English/History Joint Major, BA English/Political Science Joint Major, BA English/Women's Studies Joint Major, MA English)
Completed May 2017

2014/2015 Academic Year

Academic Unit/DegreeReview Status
None

2013/2014 Academic Year

Academic Unit/DegreeReview Status
MSc Mathematical, Computer, Physical and Molecular SciencesCompleted May 2017
Geography
(BA Geography, BA Public Administration and Community Development, BSc Geography, BA Anthropology/Geography Joint Major, BA Anthropology/Geography Joint Major, BA Geomorphology Minor, BA Geography Information Systems Minor, BA Physical Geography Minor, BA Human Geography Minor)
Completed July 2019
History
(BA History, BA Honours History, BA History/Political Science Joint Major, BA History/Women's Studies Joint Major, BA History Minor, MA History)
Completed May 2017
School of Business
(BComm Accounting, BComm Finance, BComm General Business, BComm Human Resources Management, BComm International Business, BComm Marketing, BComm Honours, BComm General Business Minor, MBA - Prince George and Langara, MSc Business Administration)
Completed July 2019