Course disestablishment is the process to remove the accredited status of course and cease new intakes.
There are many reasons for disestablishing a course. These may include changes to: student demand, the strategic positioning of a course in a particular market; or the course following a course review process.
The decision to disestablish a course is made by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) in consultation with the relevant Dean (or delegate) of the managing faculty, or following the recommendation of Academic Board.
When disestablishing a course the Course Accreditation Procedure must be followed, refer to section 7.
The managing faculty must distribute a Notice of Planning and then submit an application to disestablish a course.
Applications must include:
- the reason for the disestablishment,
- the endorsement from partner faculties and teaching locations (if applicable), and
- a teach-out plan - if there are current students still enrolled in the course.
Disestablishment applications must be submitted through the curriculum management system (Courseloop) for the review and approval by the DVC (Education).
Individual enrolled students, or enrolled student cohorts, should not be unreasonably disadvantaged by the disestablishment of a course. Therefore, the managing faculty must ensure that enrolled students have the opportunity to complete the course within a reasonable time frame and that the quality of the program and supporting resources are maintained to the end of the teach-out period.
When developing a teach out plan the following must be considered:
- Final intake period
- Anticipated completion dates
- Mapping unit delivery across the teach-out period
- Options for course or campus transfer
- Individual course maps for all students
- Alternative unit options
- Students on intermission or suspension
- Communication of the change to students
- Course advertising and publications
- External partners
The teach-out plan can be included in the implementation section of the Courseloop proposal or as an attachment.
After the proposal has been approved for disestablishment it is important to ensure all systems information and marketing material are updated to reflect that the course is in teach-out and will be disestablished.
The teach-out plan should be reviewed annually to review student progress and once all students have completed the course, Academic Programs and Governance should be notified to ensure the disestablishment of the course is finalised.
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