Australian Catholic University (ACU) shares with universities worldwide a commitment to high-quality learning and teaching, research and community engagement. 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.
Policy compliance at ACU: learning and teaching
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.
ACU's strong commitment to high-quality teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and community engagement can best be measured by its Learning and Teaching Plan. The Plan formally commits the University to the maintenance and ongoing development of quality learning and teaching at all levels within the university. ACU places particular emphasis on learning leading to the holistic development of its students and staff. The importance of promoting holistic learning is demonstrated in ACU's Strategic Plan 2012-2014.
The Learning and Teaching Centre supports academic staff in many areas of their professional learning. Professional learning for academic staff includes all that is done to maintain and extend their learning and teaching knowledge and skills so that they can contribute fully towards the achievement of goals of the University.
The LTC supports evaluation, professional and academic development, innovation in teaching, research in higher education, and promotes reward and recognition for outstanding educational practice.