2019 Academic Senate Projects
Implementation of Shared Academic Governance
|Professor Mariella Herberstein, Chair of Senate; Professor Kevin Jameson, DVC(A)||Zoë Williams, Head of Governance Services and Assistant Registrar|
|Continues from 2018|
The project as a whole will deliver a greater activation of Faculty Boards 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.
Phase 2B will:
Collaborate with the Office of the DVC(A) to ensure appropriate system functionality and required business process design is embedded within the CMS.
Review of General Coursework Rules
|Faculty-elected member of Academic Senate||Zoë Williams, Head of Governance Services and Assistant Registrar|
To commence Q2, 2019.
This project will review the practical, clinical and professional program requirements outlined in the General Coursework Rules and recommend necessary amendments to reflect University policy.
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|Chair of Senate and Vice-Chancellor’s nominee||Ainslee Harvey, Project Officer|
|To commence Q1 2019|
This project will
External Review of Academic Senate
|Professor Mariella Herberstein, Chair of Senate; External Chair. TVC||Megan Kemmis, University Committee Secretary and Manager of Secretariat Services|
To commence Q3, 2019.
The Higher Education Framework Standard 6.1.3(d) requires the governing body to undertake ‘periodic’ (at least every seven years) independent reviews of the effectiveness of the governing body and academic governance processes.
This project will facilitate an external review.
|Post-Implementation review of Support and Recognition for Students involved in Academic Governance||Student Representatives||Antonia Dykes, Project Officer|
|To commence Q3, 2019.|
This is a post-implementation review of the 2017 project ‘Support and Recognition for Students involved in Academic Governance’
It will be led by the Student Senators. The project will review the support and recognition initiatives for effectiveness, and check for alignment with the themes and targets contained within Student Success Strategic Framework
|Recommendations from the Post-implementation review of the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)||Professor Jim Denier||Paul Fairweather. Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager E:email@example.com||Continues from 2018|
The AQF Second Edition was released in January 2013, and an Addendum for Masters Degrees was released in June 2014. From 1 January 2015 all new enrolments were required to be in qualifications that meet the requirements of the AQF Second Edition. In 2018, a desk audit was conducted to document, assess and report on the University’s response to the implementation of the new AQF.
In 2018, a desk audit was conducted to document, assess and report on the University’s response to the implementation of the new AQF.
This project will respond to the recommendations from the desk audit.
|Recommendations from the Post-implementation review of the Higher Education Standards Framework (HESF)||Professor Jacqueline Phillips||Paul Fairweather. Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager E:firstname.lastname@example.org||Continues from 2018|
The Higher Education Standards Framework 2015 was introduced in October 2015 and took effect from January 1, 2017.
In 2018 a project was undertaken to document and assess the University’s response to the HESF 2015 standards relating to Academic Governance, including admission, orientation and progression, learning outcomes and assessment, research and training, , course approval and accreditation, teaching, academic integrity, delivery with other parties and academic governance.
This project will respond to the recommendations from that review
|Academic Quality Assurance – Academic Governance Policy||Member of Academic Senate||Ainslee Harvey, Project Officer|
|Continues from 2018|
In 2018 an audit was conducted of quality assurance across the University. This included a benchmarking analysis of peer institutions to determine different approaches to academic quality assurance, and furthermore, to detail how higher education institutions address regulatory requirements. A report identified appropriate business owners for different review categories, allowing for the appropriate referral of both academic governance and management recommendations.
This project will respond to the academic governance recommendations.