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Senior Administrator Represents Lakehead on Council 
to Oversee Quality Assurance at Ontario Universities

(August 5, 2010 - Thunder Bay, ON)  Dr. Moira McPherson, Associate Vice-President (Academic), Lakehead University, has been named to the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance, a new body designed to uphold the rigorous quality assurance of undergraduate and graduate programs and universities across the province.

“Quality assurance of university academic programs has been adopted around the world and is widely recognized as a vital component of every viable education system.  I'm pleased to represent Lakehead University and Ontario in my role on the Council," says Dr. McPherson.  “I hope to use the knowledge and experience I gain to continue to assist Lakehead’s programs in achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards of academic excellence.”

The Quality Assurance Framework has three major components: procedures for the approval of new academic programs, procedures for the review of existing programs, and an audit of each university's quality assurance on an eight-year cycle.  The framework was developed by a special task force, which worked closely over a two-year period with academic vice-presidents, consulted with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and received support from the Executive Heads of Ontario Universities.

“The system is designed to support continuous quality improvement, and demonstrate that programs at Ontario universities are well developed to meet defined learning outcomes,” says Bonnie M. Patterson, President of the Council of Ontario Universities. “With the evolution of the quality assurance system, Ontario universities are positioned on the leading-edge internationally.”

"This position is a natural fit for Dr. McPherson," says Dr. Laurie Hayes, Vice-President (Academic) & Provost, Lakehead University.  "Moira is well versed in the nuances of academic planning and program review, and I'm confident she'll have a tremendous impact on the success of this Council during her three-year term."


Alongside Dr. McPherson, seven other representatives from Ontario have been appointed to the Quality Council. The Council’s first item of business will be to review and approve the quality assurance processes at each university.

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MEDIA: Dr. McPherson is available for media interview today.  To arrange interviews, please contact Heather Scott, Communications Officer, at 807-343-8177, 807-472-9113, or commun@lakeheadu.ca; or Eleanor Abaya, Director of Communications, at 807-343-8372 or eabaya@lakeheadu.ca.  

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,700 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca

Last updated August 05, 2010

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