AUQA Audit finds ACU National inclusive and pursuing excellence
Thursday, 11 December 2008
3 December 2008: An audit report by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) has commended Australian Catholic University for its highly supportive student environment, the outcomes it has achieved for Indigenous students and its positive engagement with the community.
In reviewing all aspects of the university’s work, the AUQA report acknowledged the distinctive character and mission of ACU as an open Catholic university accompanied by committed, loyal and dedicated staff. The university’s focus on graduate attributes, its library and learning support systems and its commitment to enhancing its existing planning, quality and management systems were all positively recognised in the report.
“I have been impressed with the level of interest shown by our staff in the quality audit. They have been open to reflection and review, and willing to look at new benchmarks for success,” said ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven. “I applaud AUQA for its thoroughness. This audit report has given us much to be proud of, some things to aim toward and an overall indication that we are doing many things well.”
In terms of improvement, the AUQA report made a number of recommendations, including that the university strengthen its approaches to workforce planning, establish regular monitoring of staff satisfaction levels, and include consideration of risk when establishing community engagement partnerships.
“AUQA’s recommendations are timely and sensible and we will work toward addressing them.” said Professor Craven. “As Australia’s national Catholic university, we will continue to strive for inclusiveness, excellence and quality in all that we do.”
Australian Catholic University (ACU National) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives. Visit www.acu.edu.au