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Academic Board Policy

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Section 1 - Preamble

(1) This Policy is effective from 26 July 2019.

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Section 2 - Purpose

(2) This Policy sets out the functions of the Academic Board and its responsibilities in fulfilling these functions.

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Section 3 - Scope

(3) This Policy applies to the Academic Board.

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Section 4 - Policy

Statement of Authority

(4) The Academic Board is established by Council pursuant to the Deakin University Act 2009 (Vic).

(5) In accordance with Statute 2.2 - The Academic Board, the Academic Board is established as the principal academic authority within the University and is responsible to University Council for maintaining the highest standards in teaching and research.

(6) In accordance with the relevant University policy on quality management and reviews, the Academic Board may initiate reviews on academic governance matters.

Functions

(7) Functions of the Academic Board are derived from its powers set out in Statute 2.2 - The Academic Board.

(8) The business of the Academic Board and its responsibilities cover key components of an academic governance framework: academic governance; academic strategy; academic standards and quality; and academic risk.

(9) The Academic Board fulfills its responsibilities in the following ways:

  1. Academic Governance
    1. Advice on matters of an academic nature
      1. provide advice to the Vice-Chancellor on the University's draft strategic, financial and operational plans
      2. provide advice to University Council as required
      3. report to University Council as required
      4. call for and consider advice from Faculty Boards as required
      5. generally exercise such other powers prescribed in the University statutes and University regulations or given to it by University Council.
    2. Academic Board's own affairs
      1. establish procedures to meet the Academic Board's own responsibilities, including its compliance obligations
      2. ensure clear delegations to the Chair, Academic Board, to committees of the Board and otherwise as required
      3. review Academic Board performance annually against components of the academic governance framework.
  2. Academic Strategy
    1. Academic engagement
      1. promote discussion/debate on academic matters within the Academic Board
      2. ensure a culture of collegial cooperation and open discussion within the Academic Board and its committees
      3. initiate reviews on matters of academic governance
      4. be a forum for ideas, debate, advice and discussion around academic matters, relating to accountability, responsibility and governance.
    2. Promotion of alignment of academic governance processes between Academic Board and Faculty Boards.
    3. Consideration of alignment with the University’s strategic objectives.
  3. Academic Quality and Standards
    1. Establishment and maintenance of academic standards
      1. approve academic policies, procedures and associated schedules that define the University's academic standards and monitor their compliance to ensure that they inform and guide academic activity within the University
      2. provide quality assurance and enhancement of good practice in respect of the academic activities of the University
      3. request reviews of academic policies and procedures, as required.
    2. Approval of courses for offer
      1. Introduction of new courses
        1. approve proposals for new courses on academic grounds, in terms of alignment with academic quality and standards
        2. provide final approval for offer of new courses, confirming academic and strategic grounds have been met.
      2. Revision and continuation of existing courses
        1. approve course changes impacting on academic standards
        2. approve continuation of courses for offer, following a Major Course Review.
    3. Approval of admission and selection criterial to the University courses of study.
    4. Make recommendations for the conferral or granting of academic awards.
  4. Academic Risk
    1. Student integrity, progression and academic appeals
      1. provide oversight on quality assurance for academic progress activities
      2. ensure adequate arrangements for the maintenance of student academic and research integrity and general misconduct
      3. ensure adequate procedures for, and the effective operation of, student integrity and academic progress appeals.
    2. Ensure effective monitoring of academic risk associated with academic standards, through appropriate mechanisms and frameworks.

Reporting

(10) The Chair, Academic Board shall report to University Council on:

  1. the proceedings of each meeting of the Academic Board under the key headings of academic governance; academic strategy; academic standards and quality; and academic risk
  2. new course introductions approved for offer
  3. areas of academic risk including student success and retention, admission, course approval and academic integrity
  4. the implementation of academic policies and procedures to ensure the quality of its teaching, learning and research
  5. the way in which the University facilitates upholding academic freedom.
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Section 5 - Procedure

(11) There is no attendant procedure.

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Section 6 - Definitions

(12) There are no definitions arising under this Policy.