Quality Assurance

The Institutional Quality Assurance Protocol (IQAP) has been re-ratified by the Quality Council on April 26, 2019.


Nipissing University Institutional Quality Assurance Protocol (NU-IQAP)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research (ext. 4055).

The primary purpose of the Institutional Quality Assurance Protocol (IQAP) and associated procedures is to ensure the high quality of, and to promote standards of excellence in Nipissing’s new and existing academic programs. The IQAP has been developed by the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (referred to as the “Quality Council”) to be consistent with the protocols contained in the Quality Assurance Framework.

This Quality Assurance Framework comprises of three distinct components:

  • The Protocol for the Cyclical Review of Existing Programs is used to secure the academic standards of existing undergraduate programs of specialization and graduate degree programs and for-credit graduate Diploma programs, and to assure their ongoing improvement.
  • The Protocol for New Program Approvals applies to both new undergraduate and graduate programs. Universities use the protocol when developing new for-credit programs.
  • In accordance with the Protocol for Modifications of an Existing Program each institution is responsible in its IQAP to assure program quality where major substantive changes are made to existing and previously approved programs, and where learning outcomes are not changed in ways that denote a truly new program. Institutions will report annually to the Quality Council on the Major Modifications approved that year.