Administrative Unit Reviews


The University of Alberta is committed to assuring quality in all activities inherent in its mandate. Quality assurance at the University is a peer-reviewed process, comprising detailed examination of elements related to the quality of teaching, research and administration. To fulfill this commitment to quality assurance, the University of Alberta shall undertake periodic external reviews to evaluate units' programs of study and research, as well as the administrative support for these programs whether central (i.e. reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) portfolio) or in a faculty, department or other unit. The University has developed guidelines to facilitate these review processes.

The objective of the Unit Review process is to evaluate the quality of University administrative units reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic). Each review is intended to be a transparent process to determine strengths, challenges, opportunities and nest practices for each unit and its contribution to the institution as a whole; to assess the overall balance and excellence of employees, facilities, and program implementation; and to monitor change and improvement between periods of review. There is no expectation that the review process will have positive or negative financial impact on the unit.

It is anticipated that the Provost will instigate Administrative Unit Reviews on a five-to-seven year cycle. For each unit, the Provost in consultation with the Vice-Provost, will determine the scope of the Review.