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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 31, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

PERIODIC REVIEW OF MEDIEVAL STUDIES 2010-11



PERIODIC REVIEW OF MEDIEVAL STUDIES 2010-11

In 2010-11, the Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies Program underwent its first ever periodic Program Review. Such reviews represent a major opportunity for Laurier’s learning programs to assess their standards and development and to review and undertake plans for the future. Program reviews are mandated by the university, and now occur every eight years. The Program’s students, staff, and faculty collaborated on various surveys and special meetings, the compiling of data concerning the Program, the writing of the self-study document, the selection of external reviewers, and meetings with these reviewers. The Program is gratified and excited by the review’s conclusions. To quote from the reviewers’ report, “the Review Committee feels that the record of the first seven years of the Medieval Studies program is a strong one.” They note that the Program “has excelled at advancing the academic training and experience of its students and at reaching beyond both the Program itself and the university to engage with the community at large.” Furthermore, they acclaim the comprehensive Self-Study Document that we submitted to them and to the university administration, commend the “intellectual generosity and administrative imagination” of our faculty members, and conclude that the ML Program “serves its students well” and is “a vibrant part of Wilfrid Laurier University.” On behalf of the Program, the co-ordinator would like to thank the Dean of Arts and everyone else who participated in our first Program Review, which by all accounts was outstandingly successful. This kind of positive assessment sets the Program up for further growth and success in the future.