The Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Research provides leadership and management of all faculties and multiple units to support the University of Prince Edward Island's academic mission.
Faculties and Schools
Quality Assurance and Planning
Teaching and Learning Centre
UPEI is home to ten faculties: Arts; Business Administration; Education; Indigenous Knowledge, Education, Research, and Applied Studies; Medicine; Nursing; Science; Sustainable Design Engineering; Graduate Studies; and, Veterinary Medicine. All of UPEI's official programs and courses are housed within these faculties, and some programs span several faculties.
In addition, within the Faculty of Science are the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, which offers nine specializations across the program; and, the School of Climate Change and Adaptation and its Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.
The Office of Faculty Relations provides expert advice that supports the strategic direction of the University, as it relates to academic staff relations. The Office provides support in the administration of the Faculty Association collective agreements, including interpretation, application, and administration of all activities relating to these agreements. The Office also monitors trends and changes both internally and externally, including legal and regulatory compliance processes, and identifies areas of improvement in academic staff practices.
Graduate students contribute to our most valued endeavours in academia including research, teaching, mentorship, and community outreach. The Faculty of Graduate Studies interacts with program coordinators to harmonize policies and practices across different disciplines; provides a central source of information for both students and faculty; supports new program development and promotes research and scholarly work; and, provides guidance to our graduate students.
The Office of Indigenous Affairs plays a leadership role in planning, developing, and implementing Indigenous initiatives at UPEI. This includes providing guidance on stakeholder collaborations and helping to develop a better understanding of and response to the Calls to Action that relate to post-secondary education as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report.
Institutional research contributes to institutional business intelligence by drawing on internal and external data sources to provide accurate, timely, and reliable information to support evidence-based decision making and effective planning at a variety of levels within the institution. The Office of Institutional Research at UPEI collects, analyzes, and interprets data, undertakes trend analysis and projections to provide analytical and information services in areas including strategic planning, academic planning and development, enrolment management, support program outcomes, and other areas related to students experience and success.
The Office is also responsible for managing internal and external information requests and government reporting requirements related to student characteristics and experiences.
The Office follows the principles and code of ethics outlined by the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association and the Association for Institutional Research.
Dr. Yuqin Gong, Manager of Institutional Research
Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Research
Kelley Memorial Building, Room 228
The Office of Quality Assurance and Planning supports the UPEI’s quality assurance (QA) framework to ensure that academic programs and their related functions are engaged in an ongoing, cyclical quality assurance process. This office supports the strategic vision of UPEI in terms of providing quality education and educational experiences, while developing students to their full potential. The position also supports the Vice-President, Academic and Research (VPAR) with other academic planning and strategic initiatives at the University.
For more information on UPEI’s vision see the UPEI Strategic Plan (2018-2023).
UPEI’s Quality Assurance Review Process
Quality assurance of academic programming is outlined within the UPEI Senate Policy for Quality Assurance of Academic Programs.
Academic Planning and Curriculum Committee (APCC)
The UPEI Senate’s Academic Planning and Curriculum Committee (APCC) oversees UPEI’s quality assurance of academic programming process on behalf of Senate according to the Senate policy. APCC receives and reviews QA review reports and actions for continual improvement from academic programs. APCC also provides an annual update on QA academic programming reviews to UPEI’s Senate.
The Chair, APCC role is held by the Vice-President, Academic and Research. On behalf of APCC, the Chair of APCC communicates with Faculty Deans and the University Librarian regarding quality assurance of academic programs, reports internally to UPEI Senate, and provides quality assurance updates to the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) as needed. More information on MPHEC is available at mphec.ca.
Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Research (VPAR)
The VPAR Office supports review processes by assisting with logistical and institutional data aspects of reviews and site visits.
Deans provide leadership to their faculty and staff to ensure internal quality assurance reviews and follow up are carried out in a timely, student-focused manner.
Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Research
UPEI's Robertson Library supports the University's mission of assisting people in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary for critical and creative thinking. The Library builds and preserves collections that primarily support the learning, teaching, and research needs of the University; provides access to information in an effective and timely manner; encourages information literacy through educating our various communities in the use of information resources; and, anticipates information needs.
Life as a UPEI student is amazing! Everything you need to succeed is here—quality academic programs, award-winning faculty and instructors, unique locations for learning and research, all supported by a caring and helpful community of staff members and UPEI alumni.
UPEI's Teaching and Learning Centre works in partnership with faculty members, instructional staff, graduate students, and academic and service units to continuously build the UPEI learning environment through a commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning, and by keeping pace with innovative and integrative technologies that support teaching, research, and scholarship.