Academic and Administrative Program Review (AAPR)

Led by the Provost and Vice-President Academic and Vice-President Finance and Administration, the Academic and Administrative Program Review was a structured assessment of York's programs and services based on a set of common criteria.

With a focus on quality and sustainability, the Academic and Administrative Program Review reflected transparent, comprehensive, consistent and collegial values. Academic and Administrative Task Force Reports were shared with the York community; their release marked the beginning of the Response Phase of AAPR.

Task Force Reports and Scatterplots are available to York employees via the YU Link AAPR site. An employee Passport York login will be required for access.

Quality & Sustainability

The external higher education trends and challenges internal to York University made a collegial review of programs and services across the entire institution essential. The review has provided data relevant to the University's core activities that, in combination with other sources of information, will inform York's strategic planning over the next number of years particularly in regards to strengthening quality and financial sustainability.

Response Phase Activities

November 7, 2014

Task Force Reports Released

November 2014 - December 2014

Divisional / Faculty / Unit retreats and meetings, Response Plan Framework released

November 2014 - December 2014

Community Information Sessions (3), AAPRC Forum (1)

March 2, 2015

Draft Faculty / Divisional Response Plans submitted

March 2015

Draft Institutional Strategic Directions

Institutional Strategic Directions draft circulated for community input

APPRC co-sponsored Forum

April 2015

Institutional Strategic Directions revised

May 2015

Faculty / Divisional Response Plans revised


The higher education context is increasingly global and competitive. The focus in Ontario is how best to ensure a system that supports improved quality as well as social and economic development, while facing growing enrolment in a financially constrained environment. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has opted for differentiation as a primary policy driver to build on the existing excellence found within post secondary education, and will be undertaking discussions with universities in the new year regarding their Strategic Mandate Agreements (SMAs). The SMAs are intended to set out each university's vision and priorities, as well as the metrics that will be used to assess progress.

The Academic & Administrative Program Review was designed to help York ready itself for those discussions. Specifically, we engaged in this process to ensure that we are able to make evidence-informed decisions that contribute towards the fulfillment of our mission and realization of our academic plans within this very challenging higher education context. We will recognize our areas of strength, invest in our priorities, and make best use of scarce resources in order to ensure quality and stability in our academic programs and administrative supports and services.

This intent is reflected in the four goals we have outlined for the AAPR Exercise:

    1. to fully realize the goals for York's continued success as articulated in the White Paper, University Academic Plan (UAP) and Strategic Research Plan (SRP)
    2. to develop and evidence-based approach to better shape our Strategic Mandate Agreement with the government and to better inform our internal decision making processes
    3. to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of our administrative supports and service programs
    4. to ensure the sustainability of the University as it strives to fulfill its mission and strategic academic plans