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Overview of Academic Change

The University of Toronto embraces academic change as a critical part of maintaining and enhancing programs of outstanding quality through a process of continuous improvement. Proposals for major modifications, minor modifications, new degree programs and program closures are the vehicles of academic change.

The content and approval of proposals are informed by the University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP). Academic changes approved in proposals are communicated in the University calendars. Our annual reports demonstrate the breadth and variety of academic change at the University of Toronto.

Any faculty member interested in creating an entirely new academic program; modifying an existing academic program; or closing an existing program or a component of an existing program (whether graduate or undergraduate) should contact their Dean’s Office for advice and assistance.

Who is Involved in Academic Change at U of T?

Faculties and their units:

  • consult as appropriate with other programs, units, students and faculty about any academic initiative (creation, modification or closure)
  • design curriculum
  • develop program objectives
  • determine learning outcomes
  • assemble human, instructional and physical resources
  • coordinate the appraisal process for any new proposed program
  • work collaboratively with appropriate offices across the University to implement any newly approved program.

The VPAP office:

  • advises on whether a proposal represents a major or minor modification to an existing program or a new academic program under the UTQAP
  • convenes new program consultation meetings early in a program’s development to provide support and advice at an early, productive stage concerning academic considerations and budget including
    • funding and tuition
    • faculty resources
    • UTQAP requirements and
    • governance
  • provides advice and input on any significant academic proposal including entirely new programs, major modifications to existing programs and any minor modifications with institutional implications
  • encourages full and comprehensive consultation around academic change
  • ensures that programs are aligned with the University’s stated goals and meet the requirements of the UTQAP
  • takes proposals forward for approval as appropriate through the committees of Governing Council and to the Quality Council; supports submission to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)
  • produces the graduate academic calendar annually.

In this section, you’ll find information on how to bring forward different types of academic change (see also an accessible version) and who to contact for advice and support.

See also: governance approval pathways for academic change proposals.