Academic Quality Assurance

Quality assurance is a significant responsibility of universities. By engaging in regular assessment and review processes Dalhousie demonstrates its commitment to:

  • transparency and accountability
  • excellence and continuous improvement
  • strategic planning
  • risk assessment and mitigation

Responsibility for academic quality assurance lies with Senate, the University's senior academic governing body. Relevant policies and procedures are administered by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic (oversight delegated to the Associate Vice-President Academic).

Summary of Activities

Program Proposal Process: assessment and approval of new and modified academic programs prior to implementation. Learn more about the types of program proposals, obtain forms, etc. 

Faculty Reviews of Academic Programs: cyclical reviews of academic programs undertaken by Faculties. Learn more and view the policy and procedures. 

Accreditation: some programs are subject to cyclical review by external professional bodies. Learn more about expectations and supports for accredited programs and view a list of Dalhousie's accredited programs

Senate Reviews of Faculties: cyclical reviews of Faculties undertaken by committees of Senate. Learn more.   


Dalhousie's academic quality assurance activities conform to the standards and guidelines of the Maritimes Province Higher Education Commission (MPHEC)
Dalhousie is a member of Universities Canada (see How Quality Assurance Works in Canada).