Coursework Course and Unit Accreditation Policy
To enable the University to fulfil its responsibility for accreditation of units and courses of study required for a degree or other award, as set out in Monash University (Council) Regulations, Part 5, Section 10, Clause 1(e).
All coursework courses leading to an award of the University
Accreditation is a quality assurance process under which courses and units are evaluated to determine that certain standards are met. As such, accreditation is not the same as a decision to offer a course or unit but a necessary condition for such a decision.
Course and unit accreditation is granted based upon established criteria that support high standards in the educational offerings of the University.
The course and unit accreditation processes encourage and support sound curriculum design and planning, and the development and approval of sustainable course structures.
Academic Board has overarching responsibility for the accreditation of coursework courses, majors, minors, specialisations and units. Academic Board may delegate the responsibility for approval of certain types of amendments to accredited courses to the Coursework Admissions and Programs Committee or Deans, in keeping with the principles and criteria set out in this policy.
Academic Board may delegate to Deans the accreditation of units in keeping with the criteria set out in this policy.
Accreditation of courses
Course accreditation is a cyclical process that contains the following four elements:
Criteria for initial accreditation of new courses
Before the initial accreditation of a course, Academic Board must be assured that:
Criteria for re-accreditation of courses
Before re-accrediting a course, Academic Board must be assured that:
Period of accreditation
The maximum period of accreditation for courses is seven years.
Before the end of a course's accreditation period, the faculty must either apply for re-accreditation or disestablish the course.
Conditions for ongoing accreditation of courses
Academic Board accreditation of courses is granted with the condition that faculties:
Academic Board may withdraw its accreditation prior to the end of the accreditation period if the above conditions are not met, or if it is concerned that academic quality standards are being breached or not maintained systematically.
Accreditation and re-accreditation of double degrees
The managing faculty of a double degree is responsible for applications for accreditation and re-accreditation.
Accreditation of courses offered outside Australia
In addition to the University's requirements, courses offered at the Monash Malaysia campus and any other locations outside Australia must meet the legislative requirements of the relevant country.
All award courses must be reviewed every 5-7 years. A shorter review cycle may be employed for strategic or operational reasons. Any applications to Academic Board for re-accreditation must be made within two years of the course review.
The managing faculty of a double degree course is responsible for ensuring that the course is reviewed in accordance with university policy.
Course reviews must include one or more person/s external to the University.
Academic Board or the Provost may direct the Dean of a faculty to undertake a review of a course if either is concerned that academic quality standards are being breached or not maintained systematically, or for any other reason.
Approval of course amendments
Academic Board approval is required for amendments that propose courses, majors, 'stand alone' minors, specialisations, locations or partnerships that are new. Furthermore, Academic Board approval is required for any amendments that carry an element of risk to the University.
Academic Board delegates to CAPC the responsibility for approval of amendments that are substantive changes to award titles, the addition of majors, 'stand alone' minors or specialisations that involve already existing academic offerings at the proposed site of offer, amendments to course outcomes, course structures, or amendments that will affect other parts of the university.
CAPC will refer to Academic Board any course amendment that it considers may have strategic implications, carries an element of risk to the University or where an exemption from policy is required.
Academic Board delegates the responsibility for approval of other course amendments to the Dean of the degree awarding faculty (or delegate). For any course amendments where a double degree is involved, the Dean is required to consult with any partner faculties and provide a report on the amendment to CAPC, in the manner specified in the Course Accreditation Procedures.
The Chair of CAPC will determine the necessary approval where an interpretation of this policy is required for a particular amendment.
Accreditation of units
Academic Board delegates to Deans of faculties (or their delegates) the responsibility for accreditation and re-accreditation of units.
Criteria for initial accreditation of units
Before accrediting a unit the Dean (or delegate) must be assured that:
Criteria for re-accreditation of units
Before re-accrediting a unit the Dean (or delegate) must be assured that:
Period of accreditation
The maximum period of accreditation for units is five years.
Conditions for ongoing accreditation of units
Deans (or delegates) may set conditions on the accreditation of units and may withdraw the accreditation for any reason if s/he deems it necessary.
Academic Board delegates to Learning and Teaching Committee (LTC) the responsibility to direct the Dean of a faculty to undertake a review of a unit if LTC is concerned that the standards of academic quality are being breached or not maintained systematically, or for any other reason. In this circumstance, LTC will determine the particular focus of the directed unit review.
The Provost may also initiate such reviews.
Maintaining oversight and reporting requirements
CAPC and the Provost jointly report to Academic Board each year on the portfolio of courses offered by the University, including the overall performance of the portfolio (based on the annual monitoring of courses), course review schedule and any strategic considerations. The purpose of the portfolio report is to enable Academic Board to have strategic oversight of the course portfolio.
CAPC will collate updated academic course information documentation on a yearly basis with the purpose of verifying policy compliance and accuracy of the information and to report amendments approved at the faculty level for each course.
The University will maintain a register of accredited courses, the period of accreditation and any conditions linked to the accreditation.
Deans (or their delegates) must maintain records of course and unit proposals and amendments approved at faculty level. Copies of these records must be made available at the request of Academic Board or any of its subcommittees.
The Provost reports annually to Academic Board on disestablished courses and courses that have completed the teach out period in order to assure the Board that academic standards are maintained during teach out. Following completion of teach out, course accreditation is withdrawn by Academic Board.
Roles and responsibilities
Academic Board has overarching responsibility for the accreditation and re-accreditation of coursework courses, majors, minors, specialisations and units.
Coursework Admissions and Programs Committee (CAPC)
CAPC reviews new course proposals and applications for re-accreditation with a view to assessing alignment with the accreditation criteria, prior to consideration by Academic Board.
Academic Board delegates to CAPC the responsibility for approval of course amendments as set out in this policy.
Academic Board delegates to Deans of faculties (or delegates) the responsibility for accreditation and re-accreditation of units, following the criteria set out in this policy.
Academic Board delegates the responsibility for approval of course amendments to Deans (or delegates) as set out in this policy.
The Provost (or delegate) is responsible for the decision to offer a course. The Provost (or delegate) assesses the Business Case of new course proposals and course amendments (where changes significantly impact the business case), and course review reports. The Provost (or delegate) will advise Academic Board that the resources required to offer a course will be available.
The Provost is also responsible for disestablishing courses, as set out in the Monash University (Vice-Chancellor) Regulations and the Teach Out and Disestablishment Policy.
|Coursework Course Accreditation Procedures|
Coursework Course Review Procedures
Coursework Units Review Procedures
Responsibility for implementation
Deans (or delegates)
|Name: Academic Board|
Agenda item: 12.3
|Name: Coursework Admissions and Programs Committee|
Agenda item: 9.1
Legislation Mandating Compliance
All relevant legislative instruments that stipulate requirements with which members of the Monash community (all of whom are subject to the law) are obligated to comply.
TEQSA Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 Part 3 - Provider Course Accreditation Standards (until end of 2016)
Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (taking effect from 1 January 2017)
Disestablish and Teach Out Coursework Course of Study Policy
|Vice-Provost (Education Programs)|
University Policy Use
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