Academic board digest

Published: Monday 27th October 2014


1.    Welcome

Professor Margot Hillel OAM, Chair, welcomed all members and extended a special welcome to Professor Geraldine Castleton, who attended on behalf of Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith who was on leave. Mr Frank Basile, Senior Consultant with Voice Project, attended as a guest.

2.    Report from Chair of Academic Board

The Chair reminded members that the University Medals Committee will meet on 6 February 2015. Faculty Executive Deans are requested to appoint Faculty representatives.
The TEQSA Working Party will hold another meeting this year and one in February 2015 prior to the March deadline for re-registration submission. The meetings have been very productive and the Chair expressed her thanks to all Faculties for their willingness to provide all documentation necessary for evidence as required by TEQSA.
Given the importance of our re-registration and as the focus of the TEQSA is corporate governance and academic quality, Academic Board members will attend a Governance Forum on 17 February 2015.The Vice-Chancellor will host a dinner for Board members at his residence in the evening.
The TEQSA Working Party will, under a new name, continue to operate as a Standing Committee of Academic Board. The Terms of Reference will be submitted at the December Board meeting. The committee will have as its primary function the oversight of quality assurance on academic matters across the academic life of the University.
The Chair noted the importance of the following:

  • The course approvals template.
  • Policy revision.
  • Policy implementation.

This was Professor David Spencer’s last in his position as Acting Executive Dean of Faculty Law and Business, although he will remain on the Board as Academic Director once Professor Therese Joiner joins ACU as Executive Dean, Faculty Business and Law in November. The Chair thanked Prof Spencer for his contribution to the Board.
This was also the last meeting that Dylan Ettridge, Student Senator would be attending as he will be away on pilgrimage in Rome during the December meeting. The Chair thanked Mr Ettridge for his contribution to the Board.

3.    Academic Board received and noted the following reports:

  • Report from the Acting Vice-Chancellor
  • Report from the Provost
  • Report from Chief Operating Officer
  • Report from Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching)
  • Report from Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Report from Executive Director, International
  • Report from Director of Identity and Mission
  • Report from Chair of Campus Board
  • TEQSA Update from Director of Planning and Strategic Management
  • MyVoice ACU Staff Opinion Survey – March April 2014 High Level Results

4.    Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

The Academic Board approved:
The establishment of an Indigenous Research Ethics Advisory Panel comprising the Ethics Manager ODVCR, an Indigenous HREC Member, and two external members who are either experienced Indigenous researchers and/or have strong connections to Indigenous communities.

5.    Course Administration

Faculty of Health Sciences
Course Changes
The Academic Board approved the following:

  • The addition of a new location at the Brisbane Campus for the Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental) Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)/Doctor of Philosophy on-campus mode effective Semester 1, 2016.
  • The addition of new location at the Strathfield Campus for the Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Psychology (Clinical)/Doctor of Philosophy on-campus mode effective Semester 1, 2015.

6.    Academic Board Approvals

Recommendations received by Academic Board from the Academic Administrative Committee resulted in approval of the following:

  • The revised Procedures for Rescission and Revocation of an Award effective immediately.

7.    Approvals by Chair of Academic Board

Academic Board noted the following Executive Approvals:

Faculty of Education and Arts

  • Amendment to admission requirements Master of Teaching (Secondary) - (Professional Practice)
  • Changes to the Admission Requirements Pre Service Masters Courses 
  • Master of Teaching (Early Childhood, Birth to Five Years)
  • Master of Teaching (Early Years)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary)/Graduate Certificate in Religious Education 
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Discontinuation of the Bachelor of High Performance (Sport and Business) 
  • Discontinuation Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) and Master of Health Science (Rehabilitation)
  • Minor Change to Course rules Bachelor of Nursing 
  • Change of Admission Rules Bachelor of Nursing
Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

One administrative conferral outside of the normal graduation process

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students Learning and Teaching) 

  • Amendments to the Policies and Procedures relating to teaching evaluation and unit evaluation
  • Policy on Learning and Teaching Evaluation 
  • Policy on Unit Evaluation 
  • Procedures Relating to Unit Evaluation 
  • Policy on Teaching Evaluation 
  • Procedures Relating to Teaching Evaluations
Rescissions of award completions and conferrals
There were three rescissions award completions and conferrals.

8.    Academic Board received and noted the following minutes

  • Academic Board Executive
Unconfirmed minutes of the meeting held on 24 September 2014.
  • University Learning and Teaching Committee
Confirmed Minutes of the University Learning and Teaching Committee meeting held on 30 July 2014 and unconfirmed Minutes of meeting held on 23 September 2014
  • University Research Committee
Unconfirmed minutes of the meeting of held on 15 July 2014.
  • Internationalisation Committee
Unconfirmed minutes of the meeting held on 18 July 2014
  • Academic Administrative Committee
Unconfirmed minutes of the meeting held on 10 September 2014.
  •  Courses and Academic Quality Committee
Unconfirmed minutes of the meetings held on 3 September 2014 and circular resolution passed on 29 September 2014.
  • Planning, Quality and Risk Committee 
Confirmed minutes of Planning, Quality and Risk Committee held on
27 June 2014.
  • Faculty of Education and Arts
Confirmed Minutes of Faculty of Education and Arts meeting held on
13 May 2014.
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
Confirmed minutes of the meetings held on 13 and 18 June 2014.
  • Faculty of Law and Business
Confirmed minutes of the meetings held on 10 June and 22 July 2014.
  • Faculty of Theology and Philosophy
Confirmed minutes of the meetings held on 28 April 2014.

Academic Board received and noted the following:
  • Agreement between The William Light Institute and ACU Limited
In terms the ACU Policy on Educational Partnerships it is a requirement that third-party agreements be approved by the relevant member of the Senior Executive and reported to Academic Board. Professor David Spencer gave a summary of the background of the agreement to the Board and stated that the Institute will be delivering Faculty of Law and Business courses for ACU.
  • The Nursing Research Institute Annual Report 2013.
Professor Margot Hillel OAM
Chair, Academic Board
October 2014