Academic Board Terms of Reference

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Last reviewed
Tue, 31 March 2020

To outline the purpose, membership and terms of reference of the Academic Board.

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Approved on: 24 Nov 2016
Amended on: 31 Mar 2020
Review cycle: 3 Years
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Academic Board

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College Board

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Policy Contact: 
Dean of Studies
Background: 

The Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 expects:

2.   Academic oversight assures the quality of teaching, learning, research and research training effectively, including by:
a.  developing, monitoring and reviewing academic policies and their effectiveness
b.  confirming that delegations of academic authority are implemented
c.  critically scrutinising, approving and, if authority to self-accredit is held, accrediting or advising on approving and accrediting, courses of study and their associated qualifications
d.  maintaining oversight of academic and research integrity, including monitoring of potential risks
e.  monitoring and initiating action to improve performance against institutional benchmarks for academic quality and outcomes
f.   critically evaluating the quality and effectiveness of educational innovations or proposals for innovations
g.  evaluating the effectiveness of institutional monitoring, review and improvement of academic activities, and
h.  monitoring and reporting to the corporate governing body on the quality of teaching, learning, research and research training

Purpose: 

To outline the purpose, membership and terms of reference of the Academic Board.

Statement: 

 

Meeting: Bi-monthly

Preamble

The Academic Board is the peak academic body of the College and, as a forum for consideration of academic issues, policy development and decision-making, is responsible to the College Board for the academic governance of the College. This reflects the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015, in which academic oversight assures the quality of teaching, learning, research and research training effectively, by:

      a.  developing, monitoring and reviewing academic policies and their effectiveness
      b.  confirming that delegations of academic authority are implemented
      c.  critically scrutinising, approving and, if authority to self-accredit is held, accrediting or advising on approving and accrediting, courses of study and their associated qualifications
      d.  maintaining oversight of academic and research integrity, including monitoring of potential risks
      e.  monitoring and initiating action to improve performance against institutional benchmarks for academic quality and outcomes
      f.   critically evaluating the quality and effectiveness of educational innovations or proposals for innovations
      g.  evaluating the effectiveness of institutional monitoring, review and improvement of academic activities, and
      h.  monitoring and reporting to the corporate governing body on the quality of teaching, learning, research and research training

Purpose

The Academic Board of Eastern College Australia is a subcommittee of the Governing Board and, as such, has responsibility, delegated by the Board, for the quality of the academic programs of the College, and to ensure that the curriculum of the College is infused with the Christian ethos that lies at the heart of the College purpose and Constitution.

As such, the Academic Board has responsibility to:

  1. Ensure that the teaching, delivery and monitoring of all the College's awards are of the highest possible standard
  2. Ensure that the College's awards benefit from the guidance of qualified academics and practising professionals.
  3. Monitor course outcomes and ensuring that these are equivalent in standard to those of courses at the same level in similar disciplines in Australian universities.
  4. Establish and maintain academic leadership at an institutional level, consistent with the types and levels of higher education offered, and
  5. Provide competent advice to the corporate governing body and management on academic matters, including advice on academic outcomes, policies and practices, and potential risks.

Membership

  1. Executive Principal (ex officio)
  2. Chair – (External)
  3. Vice Chair – (External)
  4. Dean of Studies
  5. Vice-Principal Academic
  6. Faculty Representative
  7. Student Representative
  8. External Academic Specialist

Terms of Reference

The Academic Board is responsible to the Board of Eastern College Australia and will:
 

  1. approve academic policies and monitor their effectiveness
  2. advise the Board of the names of students who have met all requirements of any award offered by the College.
  3. consider academic matters referred to it by the Board, Executive Team or any relevant committee within the College.
  4. provide competent advice to the corporate governing body and management on academic matters; including advice and recommendations on the development and conduct of any course, academic outcomes, academic policies and processes and mitigating academic risk
  5. ensure that all members maintain familiarity with current Government policies, legislation and/or regulations affecting higher education
  6. establish a Learning, Teaching and Research Committee and an Academic Standards and Risk Committee, as well as other committees as required.
  7. critically scrutinise, and approve courses of study and their associated qualifications for accreditation
  8. review reports from Committees on the monitoring of academic quality, including the use and availability of resources, and report to the governing board on matters of quality of teaching, learning, research and training; as well as HESF compliance matters