Stage Four: PEQAB Program Review Procedure

The Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB) degree program evaluation procedure has three basic elements: Self-study, Student Work Samples, and Academic Council.


1. Self-Study

A review of the program by faculty members and administrators of the program based on evidence measured against PEQAB’s Program Evaluation Standard, including strengths and weaknesses, desired improvements, and future directions. Since Georgian’s Program Evaluation Policy is aligned with PEQAB’s Standard, much of this work will have been done in the Program Renewal Report.

2. Program Evaluation Committee

In consultation with the Office of Academic Quality (OAQ) and the Office of the Vice President, Academic, the program Dean and Associate Dean constitutes a Program Evaluation Committee to provide external program evaluation.

Unlike the Program Advisory Committee, which may comprise of community and industry stakeholders in addition to academics, the Program Evaluation Committee must be composed primarily of “senior academic peers (both scholars and administrators) with relevant expertise from both outside the college and internal to the college, but outside the program and free of any conflict of interest.”

The Program Evaluation committee assesses the program based on the self-study, and a site visit attended by a variety of stakeholders, usually including students, graduates, faculty members, employers, and administrators.

3. Report of the Program Evaluation Committee

The Program Evaluation Committee report includes an assessment of program quality and recommendations. The report is received by senior administration. The report, and any actions that will be taken to respond to the recommendations, is shared with Academic Council, the Board of Governors, faculty members, and students in the program.

Student Work Samples

Individual samples of student work are among the few direct measures of the academic quality of a program. For this reason, in degree program renewal, the assessment of student work is included in the Program Evaluation Committee site visit, and is also an important component of the PEQAB renewal quality assessment. Gathering student work each semester is the responsibility of the academic area. Student work must be classified by faculty members into each of the following categories:

  • exemplary (obtaining the highest grades on the assignment, these pieces of student work represent the best of what students produce)
  • average (usually obtaining grades in the 70s, these pieces of student work represent what the average student produces)
  • minimally Acceptable (usually obtaining grades in the mid-60s, these pieces of student work represent acceptable work for students progressing toward graduation).

Detailed Guidelines for Compiling and Selecting Samples of Student Work is available for reference.

Academic Council

If, as a result of the PEQAB Review Process, there are changes to the Program Outline, Program Map and/or Program Tracking, the Dean/Associate Dean is responsible for approving the documents on behalf of the academic area before the updated documents are brought back to Academic Council (AC) for approval. OAQ then enters the updated program information into the curriculum management system.