College of Dentistry External Review Terms of Reference As of July 16, 2010 Purpose An external review of the College of Dentistry’s Doctor of Dental Medicine Undergraduate Program (DMD) – including the General Practice Residency (GPR) program - will be undertaken in conjunction with the College’s integrated planning and budget adjustment processes. This review, in concert with a site survey by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (2010), will review the DMD program ensuring that the current programs’ strengths are maintained, gaps addressed and opportunities identified in order to maintain a high standard of dental education, research and community service now and for the future. The Assistant Provost, Institutional Planning and Assessment will work with the College of Dentistry to reduce overlap between the two review processes where possible. A self-study document will be required and will address the following key questions/areas: Academic Programs Are the academic priorities identified in the College’s integrated plan consistent with those of the University? Are the DMD program’s curriculum, delivery model and evaluation methods appropriate for a contemporary competency-based dental education program? Are the admission, promotion and graduation requirements appropriate for the College’s educational objectives? Are the DMD program’s human, infrastructure and financial resources adequate to support current programming and are they effectively and efficiently utilized? Does the DMD program’s human, infrastructure and financial resources have the capacity to deliver increased enrolment and/or new programs? Are there important areas of concentration, strength or innovation that the College should be pursuing in its educational programs? To what extent does the College deliver a high-quality education to its students? Research and Scholarly Activities What kind of research and scholarly activity occurs within the College and what is its quality and quantity? Is the College responding appropriately to enhance its research activities, as the University has encouraged it to do? Will the strategic directions outlined in the College’s integrated plan enhance its scholarly activity? Is the College’s commitment to research and scholarly activity consistent with national/international trends/expectations? How does the College’s research, scholarly activity and productivity compare with other schools of dentistry in Canada? Are there sufficient resources to support the research and scholarly activity of faculty? Are there research and scholarly opportunities available to the College that it needs to seize? Is the curriculum in the DMD program informed by currency in the discipline and by up-to-date research and scholarship? Community Outreach and Engagement Do the College’s community outreach and engagement activities enhance the student experience of the DMD program? Do the College’s community outreach and engagement activities contribute to the inter-professional education mandate of the Council of Health Sciences Deans and do they contribute significantly to the University as a whole? Do the existing human, infrastructure and financial resources adequately support the College’s strategic direction for community outreach and engagement? Will the strategic directions outlined in the College’s integrated plan enhance its scholarly activity? Administration Are the College’s administrative structure and human resources appropriate to meet its mandate and are they effectively and efficiently utilized? Do faculty members of the College have an appropriate sense of their place within the University community? Is communication within the College and between the College and other parts of the University adequate? Are faculty, staff and students sufficiently aware of the strategic directions outlined in the College’s integrated plan? Faculty Practice Unit What benefits accrue to the College and the University from the presence of a practice unit on campus? Do the current human, infrastructure and financial resources support the current faculty practice model? Is the model sustainable? Do other Colleges of Dentistry in Canada offer better models? Is the practice unit operating effectively and efficiently? Composition of External Review Team The External Review Team will be chosen by the Provost and Vice-President Academic on the advice of the Dean of the College of Dentistry. The Review Team will be comprised of three persons who are familiar with dental education, have national or international stature within the discipline, and who can reasonably be asked to provide an objective assessment of the College’s strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and challenges, within the context of dental education in Canada. A preliminary list of potential reviewers will be provided by the Dean of the College of Dentistry to the Provost. While the intent will be for the Provost to select from this list, the Provost may wish to invite other suitable reviewers for this review. Provision of Background Information The Review Team will have access to pertinent background material prior to and during the external review. At a minimum, the College will prepare a self study document which provides information to support the key questions to be addressed in this external review. Ideally, the possible overlap between this review and the accreditation review will be addressed. Every effort will be made to reduce redundancy and overlap between the accreditation review and the review commissioned by the Provost. Review Schedule The review will take place from Monday, November 22 to Wednesday, November 24, 2010. Each reviewer will spend three days at the University as part of the review process. Time will be scheduled for individual and group meetings with University and College officials including administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and other stakeholders. Report The review and the Reviewers should focus and make recommendations on the following areas: The effectiveness of the DMD curriculum including guidance for curriculum renewal The effectiveness of the College’s administrative and organizational structure The quantity and quality of the College’s research and scholarly activities The quantity and quality of the College’s community outreach and engagement activities The adequacy of the College’s human, infrastructure and financial resources to meet current and future programming needs The effectiveness of the College’s faculty practice model The contributions of the College to interdisciplinarity and to the Health Sciences group The written report will be due within four weeks of the site visit. The report will be submitted to the Provost and Vice-President Academic, with copies to the Dean and to the Assistant Provost, Institutional Planning. An initial response from the Dean to the recommendations of the Review Team will be required within one month of receipt of the written report. The Dean, as Chief Executive Officer of the College, is ultimately responsible for the implementation of the recommendations of the external review. Ultimately, an implementation plan will be developed for inclusion into the College’s next integrated plan (due October 2011).