Academic Planning Unit


Brief on the Academic Planning Unit

The Academic Planning Unit is headed by a professor as a director who is directly responsible to the Vic-Chancellor for the day-to-day administration of the unit.  The unit assists and advices the Vice-Chancellor on matters relating to academic planning and quality assurance of the university, including issues pertinent to staff development programmes.



  1. Ensure that growth in the population of students and staff is manageable and sustainable, and that academic standards are not compromised.
  2. Consider applications for new programmes, scrutinizing their curricula to ensure that they meet minimum academic standards of the National Universities Commission, and forwarding such to Senate for approval, before any formal request is made to NUC.
  3. Consider entry requirements for new courses as well as changes in entry requirements for already established courses, and recommend such to Senate for approval.
  4. Consider requests by other institutions wishing to become an affiliate of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, the curricula, staffing and equipment for such institutions are evaluated and appropriate recommendations are then made to Senate.
  5. Compile student and staff statistics of the University and forward to Federal Government bodies that may require it. Such bodies include the National Universities Commission that uses such data for annual review meetings with universities.
  6. Carry out other duties as may be assigned by the Vice-Chancellor

Other functions are:

  • To implement the minimum academic standards set up by NUC. Such standards include
  • Stipulations on the minimum lecture floor space,
  • Minimum laboratory space and facilities
  • Library facilities per student

Minimum students: staff ratios for effective teaching and learning in any particular academic discipline.