External Reviews

All academic units at SFU are reviewed on a periodic basis, normally once every seven years. These reviews enable units to:

  • Conduct their own assessments of their strengths and weaknesses
  • Obtain the view of external experts in the field
  • Support academic planning.

Why have an external review?

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 Senate Guidelines for External Reviews

Recent reviews

The following units will be reviewed in the 2022 – 2023 academic year:

  • Beedie School of Business
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Mathematics (Deferred from 2021/22 cycle)
  • Department of Psychology

The external reviews of the School of Environmental Science and the Department of Gerontology have been deferred to the 2023 – 2024 academic year.

The mid-cycle reports, including assessment of Educational Goals, are due in the 2022 – 2023 academic year from the following units: 

  • Department of Archaeology 
  • School of Communication 
  • School for the Contemporary Arts 
  • Department of English 
  • Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology 

Information on Educational Goals can be found on the SFU Educational Goals website.


Ms. Bal Basi
Coordinator, Quality Assurance
Email: bbasi@sfu.ca
Telephone :  778-782-7676