In January 2013, Senate approved the establishment of guidelines on the communication of external accreditation reviews of academic programs. The objective of the recommendations is to increase the consistency in broadcasting the results of external accreditation reviews across the University and to move towards an increased transparency with respect to these reviews.
Where appropriate, it is recommended that:
*Any personal information, or information that can be linked to an individual, should be redacted prior to making the report available to interested parties.
With the establishment of these guidelines, Deans/Directors will be required to provide a protocol for communicating the results of an external accreditation review to stakeholders in their responses to the reviews. Justification must be provided where the protocol varies from the guidelines.
It is recognized that in some instances it may be necessary to ensure the privacy of individuals. It is strongly advised that prior to making any accreditation report publicly available, that a unit consult first with the external accrediting body as well as the Access and Privacy Office in regard to the respective FIPPA and PHIA acts.
In addition, to encourage academic units to continue to be forthcoming with information on their programs during the review process, it is advised that external review teams be made aware of the above guidelines to ensure that they make an additional effort to arrive at an accurate view of the academic unit under evaluation.
Dr. David Collins
Vice-Provost (Integrated Planning & Academic Programs)
Academic Programs Specialist