Quebec report on quality assurance recommends new body to oversee university evaluations

February 29, 2012

The Conseil supérieur de l’éducation recently released a report containing 5 recommendations to revise the current quality assurance system for Quebec universities. The report suggests creating common benchmarks across the province for all degree levels and encourages universities to improve their own internal evaluations by tailoring the criteria to each program and by sharing with each other improvements made after the evaluations. The council also recommends that external evaluations be consolidated into an autonomous body that is directed by the education ministry and the universities. The report says programs that do not produce a grade or are outsourced should also be included in external reviews. The council argues that all universities should have a quality assurance policy that applies to teaching, research, and community engagement. The Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities welcomes the suggestions, but would rather see them incorporated into the existing system of internal and external reviews of university programs instead of the creation of a new body. CSE News Release (in French) | Full Report (in French) | CREPUQ News Release (in French)