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QAPA: What happens during the Site Visit?

We’re moving along quickly in the QAPA process! Review the Preparation Stage, what goes into the Institution Report or start with our Have you heard of QAPA? article before delving in to today’s topic: the Site Visit.

After receiving our completed Institution Report, the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) will review our submission and schedule a site visit. The site visit will take place in the Fall of 2020, sometime between October and December.

Three QAPA reviewers – usually senior academic administrators – will visit the campus together with a DQAB representative and an observer. The observer will be from a peer institution preparing for its own, future QAPA visit.

Over 1.5 days, the QAPA reviewers will meet with our Senior Leadership Team, those responsible for implementing quality assurance, and the deans, division chairs and program review teams for the three to five sample reviews which DQAB had selected beforehand. Before the hard work begins, DQAB will host a dinner planning session for the QAPA reviewers so they can ask questions about the process and address any outstanding issues.

The QAPA reviewers will go over a number of things during the site visit using the QAPA Handbook as a guide. As hosts, we will provide an overview of the institution as well as our program development and review processes before jumping into the three to five sample reviews. After all our processes and program reviews are looked at in detail, the QAPA reviewers will discuss their preliminary findings and have an exit meeting with the President and Senior Leadership Team before departing. Of course, there will also be an opportunity for everyone to stretch their legs when we show off our campus on a campus tour.

After the Site Visit we will wait to receive the report on their findings and begin the Post-Site visit process. To find out what happens after the site visit, check out next week’s Langara Post article!

Sunita Wiebe
QAPA Project Director

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