The AQAD Review Process: Assess and Improve the Core Academic Functions

The Academic Quality Assessment and Development (AQAD) process is a component of the UMass System Performance Measurement System and is required of all academic units. The primary purpose of this component is to assess and improve the core academic functions of teaching and learning, research/professional/creative activity, and public service/academic outreach through an ongoing system of quality control/program assessment at the unit level (i.e., department or program).

UMass Lowell has established procedures for implementing AQAD reviews at the Department level every seven years in accordance with the System-level guidelines adopted by the Board of Trustees (Doc. T97-111). Department chairs and faculty are charged with developing the self-study and managing this process.

Please review the materials below carefully as you prepare for and conduct your AQAD review.

For more information please contact Paula Haines, Senior Director of Assessment & Accreditation at, or by phone: 978-934-4186. 

For information on reimbursement procedure for AQAD site-visit related expenses please contact Karen Morin, Director of Academic Budgets by email:, or by phone: 978-934-2537.