Academic Standards and Quality committee

Academic Standards and Quality committee

The Academic Standards and Quality Committee is a Standing Committee of Academic Senate, responsible for the University's annual academic program and approval and monitoring of new programs and units, making recommendations to Academic Senate as appropriate.

Terms of Reference

Approved by Academic Senate 2 June 2015. Amended by Academic Senate 24 July 2018.

The Academic Standards and Quality Committee (ASQC - the Committee) (formerly known as the Academic Program Committee prior to April 2010) was established by the Academic Senate of Macquarie University (the University) in December 1987 under Rule 23A(b) of the Act of Incorporation, Macquarie University Calendar 1987, and is directly responsible and accountable to Academic Senate for the exercise of its responsibilities.

This Terms of Reference sets out the objective, role and responsibilities, membership, tenure, authorisations and rules of operation of the Committee.

1. Objective

The Committee is to promote high quality teaching practice and program delivery across the University.  The Committee is tasked with monitoring and ensuring that the structure and delivery of all coursework1 programs, at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, meet the standards laid out in the Higher Education Standards Framework and align with the University's quality assurance principles.

2. Role and responsibilities

The Committee is to:

  1. Advise Academic Senate and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on:
    1. The activities of Faculties and Offices established within the University that support curriculum development, design, approval and delivery;
    2. External regulatory requirements, particularly those of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (including the Australian Qualifications Framework and the Higher Education Standards Framework) and the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (including the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007); and
    3. The evolving risk profile of the University’s academic programs and on measures to effectively manage those risks.
  2. Appoint working groups to support and collaborate with Faculties, and where relevant offices and wholly owned entities, in developing proposals for new and revised coursework programs;
  3. Consider proposals for new coursework programs and advise on the academic case for their adoption to Academic Senate for approval2;
  4. Establish, and co-ordinate the implementation of, a regular cycle to review and reaccredit coursework programs;
  5. Identify the need for, and establish, ad-hoc reviews of coursework programs on the basis of emerging risk, including significant internal or external change, or identified performance issues;
  6. Oversee the implementation of the University's quality assurance principles as they apply to the conduct of coursework programs, and advise on compliance with external regulatory requirements;
  7. Receive and respond to reports arising out of academic standards processes, such as those that apply to unit results, assessment practice, English language requirements, recognition of prior learning, admission, and so forth;
  8. Receive, consider, and decide upon matters referred to it by its Macquarie University International College Subcommittee;
  9. Support the implementation of the policies and frameworks that govern the conduct of coursework programs of study, by overseeing the development of templates, systems and documentation;
  10. Contribute to the development and maintenance of those aspects of the University's academic risk register that relate to coursework programs;
  11. Require the Faculties and Offices of the University to report on their activities as they relate to the role and responsibilities of the Committee.
  12. Consider and report on any matters referred to it by Academic Senate, from time to time, as required.

3. Membership

In accordance with Clause 22 of the Standing Orders for Committees of Academic Senate, the Committee shall have a membership which is appointed by the Chair of Academic Senate in consultation with the Academic Senate Standing Committee, which comprises:

  • The Chair of the Committee
    • Associate Professor Catriona Lavermicocca
  • The Chair or Deputy Chair of Academic Senate
    • Professor Jacqueline Phillips
  • The Deputy Chair of the Committee (drawn from the membership of the Committee)
    • Associate Professor Taryn Jones
  • Up to five (5) ex-officio members
    • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) - Professor Kevin Jameson
    • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) - Professor Dominique Parrish
    • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Programs and Pathways) - Professor Sean Brawley
    • Executive Director, Student Engagement and Registrar - Gail White
    • Director of PACE - Lindie Clark
  • One (1) member nominated by the Executive Dean of each Faculty
    • To be confirmed - Faculty of Arts
    • Associate Professor Jana Bowden - Macquarie Business School
    • Dr Nick Wilson - Faculty of Human Sciences
    • Professor Ian Johnson - Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
    • Professor David Spence - Faculty of Science & Engineering
  • One (1) member nominated by the Faculty Board of each Faculty
    • Dr Lavina Lee - Faculty of Arts
    • Dr Amy Tung - Macquarie Business School
    • Associate Professor Taryn Jones - Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
    • Dr Mark Lackie - Faculty of Science & Engineering
  • The Associate Dean (Quality and Standards) or equivalent from each Faculty:
    • Associate Professor Panos Vlachopoulos - Faculty of Arts
    • Professor Rebecca Mitchell - Macquarie Business School
    • Professor Catherine Dean - Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
    • Associate Professor Michael Hitchens - Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Members of Academic Senate
    • Dr Wylie Bradford
  • Members in a specialist capacity
    • Nominee of the University Librarian - Susan Vickery
    • Nominee of Macquarie International - Angela Yuan
    • Nominee of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching - Cathy Rytmeister
    • Nominee of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy) - Michelle Bishop
  • At least one (1) student member
    • Grace McIntosh Kessling, Academic Senate Student Representative
  • Up to three (3) co-opted members as required
    • Dr Anne-Louise Semple - Academic Director of PACE, Science and Engineering
    • Dr Agnes Bosanquet

4. Tenure

  1. The term of appointment of all members shall be two (2) years, unless otherwise stated by the Chair of Academic Senate.
  2. The Chair of Academic Senate may renew any such term of appointment, in consultation with the Academic Senate Standing Committee.

5. Authorisations

The Academic Senate shall, from time to time, resolve to grant the Committee specific authorisations to discharge its delegated responsibilities. The Committee may request the granting of such authorisations as it sees fit. All such authorisations shall be documented here:

  1. Approve amendments to, or the resting of, the University's coursework programs;
  2. Approve amendments to the schedule of People, Planet, PACE and Capstone units;
  3. Approve new majors and specialisations provided that a business case has been approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Registrar;
  4. Approve the reaccreditation of coursework programs under the University's regular cycle of program review.

6. Rules of operation

The Committee shall conduct its business subject to the Standing Orders for Committees of Academic Senate.


(As at 1 July 2020)

  • Associate Professor Catriona Lavermicocca (Chair)
  • Michelle Bishop
  • Dr Agnes Bosanquet
  • Associate Professor Jana Bowden
  • Dr Wylie Bradford
  • Professor Sean Brawley
  • Lindie Clark
  • Professor Mariella Herberstein
  • Associate Professor Michael Hitchens
  • Professor Kevin Jameson
  • Professor Ian Johnson
  • Associate Professor Taryn Jones
  • Grace McIntosh Kessling
  • Dr Mark Lackie
  • Dr Lavina Lee
  • Professor Rebecca Mitchell
  • Professor Dominique Parrish
  • Professor Jacqueline Phillips
  • Cathy Rytmeister
  • Dr Anne-Louise Semple
  • Professor David Spence
  • Dr Amy Tung
  • Susan Vickery
  • Associate Professor Panos Vlachopoulos
  • Gail White
  • Dr Nick Wilson
  • Angela Yuan
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