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Overview of Reviews & Academic Plans

Under the University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP) (PDF), the University of Toronto reviews all Faculties, units and their programs a minimum of every eight years.  These reviews provide an unparalleled opportunity to secure the expert advice of leaders in the field concerning academic and administrative issues, assess our performance against leading international programs, and secure guidance on key strategic directions.

According to the UTQAP (section 1.2), the “Office of the Vice-Provost, Academic Programs is responsible for ensuring that cyclical reviews of academic programs and/or units are undertaken. Where quality concerns are raised in the cyclical review, the Vice-Provost, Academic Programs monitors the timely implementation of improvements.”

Types of Cyclical Reviews

Provostial & Decanal Reviews

The University distinguishes between the provostial reviews of Faculties (and their programs in the case of single-department Faculties) and the decanal reviews of units and programs. See Resources for Reviews.

Collaborative Specialization Reviews

Collaborative specialization reviews under the UTQAP are commissioned by the lead Faculty dean. The VPAP office brings forward an annual report (PDF) to the Committee on Academic Policy and Programs (AP&P). Please visit the Collaborative Specialization Reviews page for more information.

Accreditation Reviews

Programs must be reviewed under the UTQAP even if they are also reviewed for accreditation purposes. The commissioning officer may align the timing of the UTQAP and accreditation reviews in consultation with the VPAP office.

Clinical Department Reviews (Faculty of Medicine)

The Dean of the Faculty of Medicine commissions reviews of clinical departments within the Faculty of Medicine. The VPAP office brings forward an annual summary of these reviews to University governance.

Scheduling Cyclical Reviews

An annual schedule of reviews is prepared by the VPAP office in consultation with the Faculties/divisions.

Governance & Oversight

As a measure of their importance, all review reports are taken forward to governance and discussed in depth by the Committee on Academic Policy & Programs. Final assessment reports and implementation plans (FAR/IPs) for all UTQAP reviews are also reported to the Quality Council.

Academic Planning

The VPAP office also supports the implementation of the University’s Guidelines on Divisional Academic Planning (PDF). Find out more about academic planning.


Decanal reviews: Programs and units undergoing decanal reviews should contact their Dean’s office.

Provostial reviews: Dean’s offices and units undergoing provostial reviews should contact:

Cora McCloy
Acting Coordinator, Academic Planning & Reviews