Academic Senate Projects and Priorities

Academic Senate Projects and Priorities

2017 Academic Senate Projects

The Academic Senate projects for 2017 are detailed below. If you would like additional information or you are interested in becoming involved with any of the the projects identified please contact the Chair of the Working Group or identified project contact.

Developing the Model for Shared Responsibility of Academic Governance

Objective

Deliver a greater activation of Faculty Board and Senate Committees through devolved decision-making, supported by threshold standards, robust frameworks and annual reporting cycles to be established by Academic Senate and the Academic Standards and Quality Committee.

Position Academic Standards and Quality Committee as a higher-level body with oversight of quality and standards and oversight over non-award programs and University owned degrees.

Clearly define the role of Academic Senate as the approval authority for policy on academic matters, vis-à-vis a consultative body for policy approval.

Sponsors

Chair of Academic Senate and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) & Registrar

Co-chairs of Working Group

Professor Mariella Herberstein and Professor Catriona Lavermicocca

Project Contact

Zoe Williams
E: zoe.williams@mq.edu.au

Status

In progress

Purpose and Composition of Academic Senate

Objective

Alignment between Academic Senates purpose with a more mature shared responsibility model of academic governance.

Create transparency regarding the role and function of the University’s Academic Senate.

Provide clarity to all members of Academic Senate (elected, appointed or ex-officio) regarding their role on the University’s principle academic body.

Improve communication pathways to and from Academic Senate and its members, and to increase engagement from within and out Academic Senate.

Sponsors

Chair of Academic Senate

Chair of Working Group

Professor Mariella Herberstein

Project Contact

Zoe Williams
E: zoe.williams@mq.edu.au 

Status

To commence

Partnership with and Recognition of Student Members

Objective

Increase and support student partnership in decision making.

Increase student engagement with the University’s academic governance structures.

Provide support and incentives to students members.

Identify training and development opportunities for student members; clarifying the roles and responsibilities of student members and that assist with communication with the student electorates and student participation programs within the Faculties during tenure

Sponsors

Chair of Academic Senate & Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)

Co-chairs of Working Group

Brayden Jones and Thomas Hedl

Project Contact

Sarah Rosen
E: sarah.rosen@mq.edu.au

Status

In progress

Establishing Principles for  Program Review

Objective

Establish a consistent institutional approach to Program Reviews

Sponsors

Chair of Academic Senate and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) & Registrar

Chair of Working Group

Neil Durrant

Project Contact

Kerri Mackenzie
E: kerri.mackenzie@mq.edu.au

Status

In progress

Review of Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement Policy and Process

Objective

Renew and refresh the approach to quality assurance to deliver a streamlined and consistent framework for managing academic and quality assurance matters.

Identification of appropriate business owners for different review categories, allowing for the appropriate referral of both academic governance and management recommendations.

Sponsors

Chair of Academic Senate and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) & Registrar

Chair of Working Group

Dr Panos Vlachopolous

Project Contact

Kerri Mackenzie
E: kerri.mackenzie@mq.edu.au 

Status

To commence

Academic Integrity Framework

Objective

Implement the prioritised recommendations and actions relating to Academic Integrity to produce a combined framework of strategic, integrated and targeted measures that promote academic integrity in every aspect of the University.

Academic Integrity Framework

Sponsors

Chair of Academic Senate & Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) & Registrar

Chair of Steering Group

Dr Mitch Parsell

Project Contact

Kerri Mackenzie
E: kerri.mackenzie@mq.edu.au 

Status

In progress

Eligibility and Selection Criteria for the University Medal

Objective

Confirm the specifications of those programs that qualify students for the University Medal.

Produce clear and consistent eligibility and selection criteria for the prize of the University Medal.

Establish a student-facing communication strategy informing the Macquarie community about the prize and its recipients

Sponsors

Chair of Academic Senate

Chair of Working Group

Professor Jacqueline Phillips

Project Contact

Kerri Mackenzie
E: kerri.mackenzie@mq.edu.au

Status

To commence

Policy Review

Objective

Streamline and/or consolidate existing Academic, Learning and Teaching and Higher Degree Research Policy and Procedure.

Identify the required realignment of the approval authority for policy documents following the review of the Delegations of Authority and the changes to the Executive organisational structure.

Ensure that the need to review, identify risks or necessary rescindment of academic policy is triggered in an agile manner.

Increase engagement with the documented standards for the development, approval, communication, implementation and review of policy documents (Policy Framework Policy and Procedure)

Sponsors

Chairs of Academic Senate and its Committees

Chair of Working Group

Professor Peter Radan

Project Contact

Kerri Mackenzie
E: kerri.mackenzie@mq.edu.au

Status

To commence

Provide feedback on the Academic Senate Projects

You are invited to submit comment or feedback on any of the Academic Senate projects using the form below.  For those matters that are open for consultation, please see the latest consultation or discussion paper provided in the status column above.

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