External Academic Programme reviews are a comprehensive and periodic assessment of academic programmes or a cluster of programmes to enhance continuous improvement. These reviews normally occur on a five-year cycle.
The reviews provide a strategic assessment of the discipline or school and identify future directions and opportunities that are consistent with the University's strategic goals and resource availability.
Furthermore, the decision to conduct special purpose external review may be made by the Vice-Chancellor & President. The Terms of Reference reflects the particular circumstances that prompt the review and can address strategic, academic and/or resource issues.
External Academic Programme review processes are overseen by the Vice-President-Administration.
For further information please see the External Academic Programme Reviews Policy, related procedures and guidelines.
Guidelines and Tools for conducting External Academic Reviews
An internal Academic Programme Review is an internal assessment of academic programmes aimed to enhance the quality of academic programmes. The internal reviews are generally administered every two years. All programmes offered by the University are subject to such internal reviews to encourage continuous improvement of the programme quality and viability.
For further information please see the Internal Academic Programme Reviews Policy and procedure.
Guidelines and Tools for Internal Academic Reviews
Support Section Reviews
Reviews of non-academic sections ensure that the USP standard of excellence is maintained and that support sections of the University have an opportunity to plan strategically for the future. Reviews are evidence based and sharpen focus on areas in which excellence can be maintained or improved with the most effective use of available resources.
At the institutional level, school and support section reviews are overseen by the Vice-President (Administration) and are coordinated by the Planning and Quality (P&Q) Office with frequent interaction between Vice-President (Administration), P&Q staff, and support section under review.
Each support section undertakes a self-assessment and is supported in this effort by the P&Q Office. Another key component of the review process is the visit of a carefully selected external review panel. The review panel is expected to assess the claims in the Self Review Report (SRR). The principal means of undertaking the assessment is through structured meetings during the review site visit. The review panel writes a report based on its interviews with support section staff and students (as applicable). The support section has the opportunity to respond to the panelís report. Reviews culminate in an action plan which delineates action items for support sections. Support sections are also expected to undertake internal reviews to evaluate their performances against their strategic plans and objectives.