IQAP Review of Political Science 2021 - (CPR) Cyclical Programme Review Implementation Update

The major change is the completion of the reconsideration of the Political Science curriculum, which was a recommendation of the 2014 IQAP external review, and has since been completed. Other recommendations, which are ongoing in their nature tend to fall outside of the department's responsibility. They have been, nonetheless, improved since the original external review. The Department's response to Recommendation 7 is an issue area that is likely to re-emerge in the IQAP self study next year as there has been some slippage in that regard. Otherwise, the department is well positioned to engage in its next cyclical review in 2022.

Implementation Plan

Recommendation Proposed Follow-up and Resource Implications Responsibility for Leading Follow-up Tileline for Addressing Reommendation

Reconsider curriculum (Recommendations 1 and 2)

  Head, Political Science (in consultation department members) Task completed. With the approval of the Syllabus Committee the department has implemented a new approach to the Politics degree that uses three streams of courses. This is distinct from the five fields used previously that the IQAP review asked the department to reconsider
Add a Research Methods course (Recommendation 3) Activity complete. No follow up. New course POE/F 220   Task completed
Improve student research tools (Recommendation 4)

Action for the Principal and VP Academic to resolve issues in TB delegated authorities.

Principal and VPA

Ensure administrative support for students (Recommendation 5) Situation had been stable until November 2021.

Head Political Science, with Dean of Arts

The Department has an Administrative Assistant. As of November 2021 she is seconded to another division.

Follow transparent hiring practices (Recommendation 6) Continue to ensure future hirings are conducted in accordance with Treasury Board policies, which highlight transparency and fairness. Head Political Science, with the Dean of Arts Ongoing. New hiring process underway is being conducted under TB guidelines.
Ensure that under-qualified instructors are teaching in their area of expertise (Recommendation 7) Assign military faculty with masters degrees and sessionals to upper year courses in their area of expertise when possible. Head Political Science, with the Dean of Arts Ongoing.
Cease "re-tooling" faculty members in areas outside their expertise (Recommendation 8) Ensure that instructors continue teaching in their area of expertise Head Political Science, with the Dean of Arts Task complete.
Investigate impediments to scholarly activity (Recommendation 9) Work on ways to streamline internal processes College-wide activity Ongoing.


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