Academic Governance

Program and Research Council

As mandated by the Royal Roads University Act, the?Program and Research Council?(PRC) advises the?Board of Governors?on instructional program and research priorities, program objectives and desirable learning outcomes. The PRC meets 4-6 times per year.

Academic Council

Royal Roads University’s Academic Council is mandated to:

  • develop educational policies applicable to all Royal Roads University programs
  • outline criteria and priorities for the development of new and existing programs based on the RRU Academic Portfolio Plan
  • periodically review the RRU Academic Portfolio Plan and recommend changes
  • review all programs to ensure they meet the criteria and standards consistent with the RRU Academic Portfolio Plan
  • provide the Board, through the President, with advice pertaining to the establishment or discontinuance of programs, faculties, schools and academic or research centres at the university

Academic Council meetings are scheduled every two months, or as required in order to carry out council business.

Standing committees of Academic Council include:

  • Admissions Committee
  • Awards Committee
  • Curriculum Committee

Quality Assurance

Academic quality is informed and driven by the university’s Academic Quality Assurance Policy and Academic Programs Policy. These policies support the development and continuous improvement of academic programs.?

In 2017, Royal Roads University participated in the second pilot year of the Quality Assurance Process Audit, administered by the Degree Quality Assessment Board of the Ministry of Advanced Education. View the audit results summary.

School Advisory Councils

Critical to the success of the Royal Roads applied program mandate, our advisory councils provide guidance and advice on strategic and operational issues related to each school and the programs offered within it. Each council is designed to reflect a diversity of academic and professional expertise, which is one of the key features of our degree programs.? Council members help us to maintain the innovative nature of our degrees and to revise our program offerings as industry needs, instructional practices, and scholarship evolve. The insights and expertise of council members are our invaluable link to the 'real world'.

Academic Leadership Team (ALT)

The key purpose of these meetings is to discuss academic regulations, process and planning, and to share/review projects and issues within the academic portfolio.

Scheduled on the first Wednesday of every month, the core group includes the VPA, AVP Research and Faculty Affairs, AVP Student and Academic Services, the deans and the business manager responsible for academic programming. The extended group meets monthly (on the third Wednesday) and includes the deans, AVPs, school directors, the registrar, and business managers.

Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM)

A new approach to enrolment planning and management was successfully initiated in 2011. It involves a close partnership between business planning, marketing and admissions, and the academic units. Alternating monthly (on the third Wednesday) between core and extended, the purpose of SEM is to:

  • monitor enrolment and impacts of enrolment on academic and financial performance
  • take actions to optimize enrolment in programs
  • monitor and make recommendations regarding programs with low enrolment

SEM is co-chaired by the VPA and Vice President Research, International, Marketing and Business Development. Core members also include the VP&CFO; the deans and registrar; Director, Business Planning and Performance; and, Director, Branding, Marketing and Recruitment. The extended group is expanded to include: AVP Community Relations and Advancement; school directors; Director, International Programs and Global Advancement; business managers; and Manager, Admissions Services.