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PPDR’s mandate is to lead and facilitate processes, implement mechanisms, and moderate discussions that relate to academic quality assurance and enhancement.

The Program Planning Development and Renewal (PPDR) department serves a central administrative function, working closely with all academic areas of the College and other departments to create and sustain innovative, high-calibre programs that prepare students for their careers and further education. PPDR follows a comprehensive Quality Assurance & Continuous Improvement Framework that ensures all policies, procedures and principles support quality in Humber’s postsecondary programming.

Program Management

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Program Changes

Humber is committed to delivering academic programs that are current and relevant. This involves updating curriculum to reflect evolving trends in industries, the labor market, and student needs.

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Program Development

As an innovative leader in polytechnic education, Humber introduces new programs of study in response to evolving economic and societal changes.

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Program Review

All postsecondary programs undergo comprehensive reviews every five to seven years to ensure they remain relevant and responsive to the changing needs of students, industry and society.

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Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognizing prior learning increases student access to postsecondary education by facilitating mobility within Humber and between other recognized institutions.

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New Program Notice of Intent

The program development notice of intent (NOI) is a central document from which the detailed program development and formal internal and external proposal flows. The NOI provides an early indication of the nature and goals of a proposed program, which will assist in understanding and evaluating the fit of the proposed program with the priorities of Humber College.

Institutional Quality Culture

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Humber's Quality Assurance & Continuous Improvement Framework

PPDR administers Humber's Quality Assurance & Continuous Improvement Framework, an overarching guideline for the development and assessment of programs that support student learning, and helps to maintain, assess and enhance quality programming.

APQA and Program Renewal

All College programs undergo an annual quality assurance review - the APQA. These assessments are intended to provide a snapshot of where a postsecondary program is in its lifecycle.

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Centre for Innovative Learning

Innovative Learning is dedicated to the development and enhancement of teaching innovation and learning across the institution. The department provides a place for conversation and inspiration, to energize and mobilize innovative and evidence-informed teaching practices. It serves as a hub to the Humber community, supporting Humber’s vision as a leader in polytechnic education. Innovative Learning is comprised of three key areas that each play a strategic role in developing, delivering, and assessing Humber’s learning innovation ecosystem. The areas are: Teaching Excellence; Digital Learning; and Flexible Learning.


Implementing & Maintaining Standards

All colleges in Ontario undergo a full institutional (CQAAP) every five years that is designed to assure and measure quality in their institutions. The audit is managed by the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS), an arms-length agency mandated by the province to allow the colleges autonomy in governing their own programs.

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Humber Research Ethics Board (REB)

The Humber Research Ethics Board (REB) reviews all research involving human participants that takes place within the Humber community. The REB ensures that all research involving human participants aligns with the standards set by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS). If your research involves human participants in any capacity, you need to apply to the REB for ethics approval.

Research Institutional Approval

Internal and external researchers planning to conduct research involving the collection of data from Humber staff, faculty, students, or access to institutional data/resources, must obtain institutional approval (in addition to Humber Research Ethics Board (HREB) approval). It is recommended that you seek Institutional Approval after receiving HREB approval.

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