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

The Purpose of 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.

Recent Reviews

The following units will be reviewed in the 2023 – 24 academic year:

  • Department of Chemistry
  • School of Criminology
  • Faculty of Education (Deferred from 2022/23 cycle)
  • Department of Gerontology (Deferred from 2022/23 cycle)
  • School for International Studies
  • Department of Linguistics
  • SFU Library

The external reviews of the following units have been deferred for one year and will be conducted in the 2024 - 25 academic year:

  • School of Environmental Science
  • School of Public Policy
  • School of Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • Department of World Languages and Literatures

The mid-cycle reports, including assessment of educational goals, are due in the 2023 - 24 academic year from the following units:

  • School of Computing Science
  • Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

Educational Goals

Educational goals are the set of attributes that you want graduates in your programs to possess. The process of developing, assessing and acting on educational goals is faculty-led and part of the external review cycle.

Learn more about leading an educational goals process, including timelines and templates, on our Educational Goals for Units page.


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