ACU is aware that a key factor in its reputation as a higher education institution is its capacity to excel in learning and teaching and to produce quality graduates. As part of its Mission, the University declares its commitment to the importance of learning and teaching and to building a specialised research environment.
ACU endorses and complies with the rigorous auditing and accreditation procedures of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.
TEQSA is Australia's regulatory and quality agency for higher education. TEQSA's chief purpose is to ensure that students receive a high quality education at any Australian higher education provider. Under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, a higher education provider must be registered by TEQSA in order to operate as a higher education provider in Australia.
The Learning and Teaching Centre is involved with strategic and operational planning and coordination within ACU. This occurs largely through participation in committees, working parties and strategic projects, including coordination of the Learning for Life Framework (2014-17). Participation in these committees and projects is fed into the creation, review and implementation of policies and procedures that inform good learning and teaching practices.
ACU's strong commitment to learning and teaching is exemplified in two of the ACU 2020 targets that are part of our Strategic Plan 2015-2020:
The policies related to learning and teaching currently in operation are listed in the policy pages.
The diagrams show the Higher Education Standards including the established Threshold Standards and associated criteria. While the Research Standards are being established, ACU will adopt the best practice criteria from the NHMRC/ARC Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.
In October 2015, a revised version of the Framework was tabled in Parliament. This version, the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015, will take effect from 1 January 2017.
TEQSA is required by legislation to reflect the principle of risk in taking regulatory action. This Regulatory Risk Framework details TEQSA's regulatory risk management policy and processes to give effect to that principle.
The primary aim of the issues and options paper is to contribute to sector-level discussion of issues and options relating to teaching and learning standards. It maps key elements in the national quality and standards landscape.