2019 Academic Senate Projects

2019 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
Complete. Post-implementation Review in 2020.

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 has:

  • Established 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).
  • Reviewed Rules to ensure alignment with the new approach.
  • Collaborated with Executive Deans for consideration of resourcing.
  • Collaborated 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

Continued into 2020

This project is reviewing 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
Complete

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.

External Review of Academic Senate

Professor Mariella Herberstein, Chair of Senate;
External Chair. Emeritus Professor Richard Henry AM
Zoë Williams, Head of Governance Services and Assistant Registrar
E: zoe.williams@mq.edu.au

Continued into 2020

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.

For more information on the External Review of Academic Senate, please visit this page.

Post-Implementation Review of Support and Recognition for Students involved in Academic GovernanceStudent RepresentativesAntonia Dykes, Project Officer
E: antonia.dykes@mq.edu.au

Continued into 2020

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) Paul Fairweather. Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager E:paul.fairweather@mq.edu.auContinued into 2020

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.

A project was scheduled for 2019 to respond to the recommendations from the desk audit. Following the announcement of a review by the Department of Education, this project was put on hold. The report was released in late October 2019. This project will commence when the report from the review has been endorsed by TEQSA.

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.auReferred to DVC (Academic)

This project has been disestablished as an Academic Senate project and referred to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for inclusion within preparations for TEQSA re-registration.

Supporting DVC (A) work in a review of the University approach to quality

Member of Academic SenateZoë Williams, Head of Governance Services and Assistant Registrar
E: zoe.williams@mq.edu.au
Continued into 2020

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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