External Reviews

All academic units are reviewed on a periodic basis, normally once every seven years. The purposes of such reviews are to enable units to:

  • conduct their own assessments of their strengths and weaknesses
  • obtain the view of external experts in the field
  • support academic planning.

The review process is intended to ensure that:

(a) The quality of the unit's programs is high and there are measures in place to ensure the evaluation and revision of the teaching programs.

(b) The quality of faculty research is high and faculty collaboration and interaction provides a stimulating academic environment.

(c) Unit members participate in the administration of the unit and take an active role in the dissemination of knowledge.

(d) The unit's environment is conducive to the attainment of the objectives of the department.

Check here for External Review supporting documents.

Check here for information on Educational Goals.

External Reviews which will be conducted during the 2017-2018 Academic Year include:

  • Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Department of Economics.

External Reviews which were conducted during the 2016-2017 Academic Year include:

  • Department of First Nations Studies
  • Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy (deferred from 2015/16)
  • School of Engineering Science
  • School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering
  • School of Resource & Environmental Management.

A copy of the Senate Guidelines for External Reviews is attached for information:

Senate Guidelines for External Reviews

SFU Views


After a seven year, comprehensive and rigorous process, SFU is the first Canadian research university to be granted accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).  

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