Faculties and Schools

UBC’s Okanagan campus has eight Faculties and Schools. Each is responsible for a range of academic programs.

Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Faculty website – ikbsas.ok.ubc.ca Department websites: Community, Culture and Global Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics, History and Sociology, Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences, Economics, Philosophy and Political Science

May 2015: FCCS/IKBSAS Faculty Structure Considerations

Faculty of Education

Faculty website – education.ok.ubc.ca

Faculty of Health and Social Development

School websites: Health and Exercise Sciences,
Nursing, Social Work

Faculty of Medicine, Southern Medical Program

Faculty website – www.smp.med.ubc.ca

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

Faculty website: http://fccs.ok.ubc.ca

May 2015: FCCS/IKBSAS Faculty Structure Considerations

Faculty of Applied Science

Faculty website – www.apsc.ubc.ca School of Engineering website – engineering.ok.ubc.ca

Faculty of Management

Faculty website – management.ok.ubc.ca

College of Graduate Studies

Faculty website – gradstudies.ok.ubc.ca

Academic Freedom

Academic freedom is the freedom to pursue fruitful avenues of inquiry, to teach and learn unhindered. UBC’s Academic Calendar contains the current Senate-approved (1976) statement on academic freedom, outlining the positive obligations on the university, and all its members, to promote and protect this central freedom of the academy.

In July 2016, the Office of the Provost appointed Dr. Neil Guppy as Senior Advisor on Academic Freedom. Dr. Guppy works to advance the centrality of academic freedom to our various missions, and develops educational materials for the university community in the support and protection of academic freedom. He reports to the Provosts on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

One of Dr. Guppy’s first tasks was to draft a brief history of academic freedom at UBC, which can be found here. The Honourable Lynn Smith, QC authored the most recent report on academic freedom written for the university, it can be found here.

More information and FAQ’s are located here.

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External Reviews

UBC Okanagan conducts periodic external reviews of faculties and academic units in order to continuously improve academic excellence and promote accountability and transparency across the university.

The process for external reviews of faculties can be found here.

Recent external reviews are listed below:

Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

  • External Review Announcement
  • Terms of Reference of the Review Committee
  • Advisory Committee

Enrolment Services UBC

Faculty Of Health And Social Development

Faculty Of Management

College Of Graduate Studies

An external review of the UBC Okanagan College of Graduate Studies was conducted February 2016 to assist the University as it considers the reappointment of Dean Miriam Grant, whose current term comes to an end on August 31, 2016.

Bachelor Of Arts

An external review of the Bachelor of Arts program which is currently offered across two Faculties, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.