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QAPA: The second stage

We’ve covered the basics in our What is QAPA? article and touched on the Preparation stage – now let’s take a closer look at the Institution Report, the second stage of the QAPA process.

Once our program review schedule is shared with the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) in the Preparation stage, we will begin preparing the Institution Report. This comprehensive report will include basic information about the College including enrolment numbers and program offerings; details about our academic quality assurance processes; a description of our self-evaluation approach; and a detailed self-study that will provide DQAB with a strong understanding of how our review process fits with our mission, vision, and values, and how we process and work with our program review findings.

The Institution Report will need to be completed and submitted at least two months before the site visit. Its purpose is to introduce our QAPA reviewers to the quality assurance processes we currently and have previously used ahead of the site visit.

Along with the Institution Report, we will need to provide additional details on the three to five DQAB-selected reviews mentioned in the Preparation post. We will need to include the policies and process  used for those reviews, their self-studies, external reviews, and the College’s follow-up responses to the review findings.

As you can see, there is a lot of information to be gathered and communicated during the second stage of the QAPA process. To see where the Institution Report fits into the process, please review the QAPA Process Map or learn more in the QAPA Handbook.

Next week, we will review the Site Visit stage in the Langara Post.

Sunita Wiebe
QAPA Project Director

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