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)

Academic Leadership Team meetings provide members with monthly updates on the status of priorities and projects within the academic portfolio (and beyond). The meetings offer an inclusive and consultative forum to discuss relevant issues and opportunities, to review and update academic regulations, process and planning, and to share and review information on current initiatives. The primary objective of the group is to ensure timely, transparent, and consistent communication across the portfolio. ALT meetings also help members develop a better understanding of the interconnectivity between key elements within the portfolio and their impact on students, staff, and faculty.

Scheduled on the first Wednesday of every month, the core group includes the VPA and senior leaders in the academic portfolio. The extended group meets monthly (on the third Wednesday) and includes the core group plus representatives from the program areas, student and academic services, and other key stakeholders from across the portfolio.

Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM)

The Strategic Enrolment Management meetings provide a data based integrated cross-functional planning forum that advises on the strategy and execution around the inter-dependent student-centered continuum cycle that includes Recruitment, Retention and Alumni Engagement with a particular focus on proactively pursuing opportunities, building strengths and mitigating risks. 

Scheduled on the third Wednesday of every month, meetings alternate between the core and extended groups.  The core group which focuses on strategic issues, includes all executive vice-presidents, deans, and multiple associate vice-presidents and directors associated with student & academic services, admissions and registrar, business development, marketing, recruitment and alumni relations, international collaboration and development, finance and business planning & performance.  The extended group, which focuses on execution and tactical issues, includes the core group, school directors and key managers who directly impact the SEM cycle.