COU report outlines new approach to quality assurance at Ontario universities

November 1, 2011

Ontario universities are at the forefront of national efforts to ensure students, employers, and institutions in other regions of Canada know what skills, knowledge, and understanding students have acquired from their programs, according to a new report from the Council of Ontario Universities. The paper explains how universities define degree level expectations -- the creative and intellectual development students will obtain from a particular degree, and how these expectations are incorporated into curriculum and the learning outcomes of specific courses. Degree level expectations and learning outcomes are at the centre of the province's new Quality Assurance Framework, which sets out requirements for new program approval by the independent Quality Council, for cyclical reviews by universities, and for periodic auditing by the Quality Council. COU News Release | Read the report