A culture of academic excellence through continuous quality improvement.
To enhance and implement comprehensive academic policies and curriculum processes that inspire best practices and contribute to the quality of the educational experience.
What we do
OAQ helps to facilitate continuous quality improvement by overseeing academic policy, and ensuring that changes at any credential level are embedded and operationalized in all related processes and procedures.
In supporting student success, OAQ:
- ties curriculum to Ministry guidelines and standards
- provides curriculum support and resources to academic areas
- oversees and facilitates all curriculum processes
- enables evidence-based curriculum decision-making
- acts as a link between the academic areas and relevant stakeholders
Contact the OAQ team
We can provide a number of resources with regard to curriculum development and design, and work with program teams on curriculum development.
We’re here to assist with answers to questions about the Curriculum Information Management system (CIM), approvals, deadlines and more.
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New program development
A new program is developed to meet student, community, social and labour needs, and to complement the strategic direction of the college as outlined in the Strategic Plan, Strategic Mandate Agreement, Academic Plan, Strategic Enrolment Management Plan and government initiatives.
This website is designed to help curriculum teams clarify the process and access the resources and supports necessary to develop a new program.
New program development can be a daunting task; however, with the right tools, the process can go very smoothly and ultimately result in new opportunities for students at the college.
Program renewal is a comprehensive, collaborative quality assurance process that occurs every five years as mandated by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in the Minister’s Binding Policy Directive: Framework for Programs of Instruction.
Program renewal allows program teams to critically analyze their program and to make changes in the interest of academic quality and program sustainability.
Program renewals are typically conducted in the winter semester, with a goal of being approved at Academic Council (AC) no later than June of the academic year.
This website is designed to help curriculum teams clarify the process and access the resources and supports necessary to formally renew a program.
Course development and curriculum revision
Ongoing course and program review is integral to keeping curriculum current with industry needs in order to better serve our students as they progress through their program of studies to graduation.
The information below outlines changes that may occur over time for both courses and programs, as well as the relevant approval processes.