Academic Senate Projects

Academic Senate Projects

Academic Senate Projects

The Academic Senate projects for 2019 are detailed below. If you would like additional information or you are interested in becoming involved with any of the projects identified please contact the Chair of the Working Group or identified project contact.

Information on projects conducted in previous years can be can be found in the side menu.

2019 Academic Senate Projects

ProjectLeadsContactStatus

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
E: zoe.williams@mq.edu.au
Continues from 2018

This project of Academic Senate recognises the role of Faculty Boards and empowers them to have a greater level of autonomy over coursework curricula. The project 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:

  • Establish a best practice approach to meaningful cross-faculty collaboration and communication, in collaboration with the Chairs of Faculty Boards and Faculty Board Committees (e.g. FSQC, FLTC or FEC).
  • Review Rules to ensure alignment with the new approach.
  • Collaborate with Executive Deans for consideration of resourcing.
  • Collaborate with the Office of the DVC(A) to ensure appropriate system functionality and required business process design is embedded within the CMS.

A post-implementation review will review the project in quarter 1, 2020.

Please see the Shared Academic Governance page for more information.

Review of General Coursework Rules

Faculty-elected member of Academic SenateZoë Williams, Head of Governance Services and Assistant Registrar
E: zoe.williams@mq.edu.au

In progress

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.

Macquarie University and Freedom of Speech

Chair of Senate and Vice-Chancellor’s nomineeZoë Williams, Head of Governance Services and Assistant Registrar
E: zoe.williams@mq.edu.au
In progress

This project will

  • Review existing policies and documents to assess their effectiveness in protecting and promoting freedom of speech and inquiry.
  • Consider how and to what extent should freedom of speech, inquiry and assembly be protected at Macquarie and whether the current policy approach is adequate.
  • Conduct national and international sector analysis to determine how freedom of speech is protected at other institutions.
  • Review and discuss recommendations of the French Review, when available, making appropriate recommendations to Academic Senate.

A draft policy is available on Policy Central for consultation

External Review of Academic Senate

Professor Mariella Herberstein, Chair of Senate; External Chair. TBCMegan Kemmis, University Committee Secretary and Manager of Secretariat Services
E: megan.kemmis@mq.edu.au

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 GovernanceStudent RepresentativesAntonia Dykes, Project Officer
E: antonia.dykes@mq.edu.au
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 DenierPaul Fairweather. Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager E:paul.fairweather@mq.edu.auContinues 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 PhillipsPaul Fairweather. Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager E:paul.fairweather@mq.edu.auContinues 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 PolicyMember of Academic SenateZoë Williams, Head of Governance Services and Assistant Registrar
E: zoe.williams@mq.edu.au
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.

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