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Australian Catholic University annual review 2008

New directions

In 2008, the new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven, established an Office of Planning and Strategic Management (OPSM). A Strategic Plan for 2009-2011 has been prepared.

Vice-Chancellor's strategic initiatives

Building on the experience of the previous plan, this one is shorter, with a more manageable number of targets and corresponding indicators. It is designed to give very clear guidance as to the directions of the University and the expectations of organisational units and staff.

New strategic priorities have been set for research and internationalisation, and several major internal reviews initiated for areas including:

  • management structure
  • the disciplines of nursing and exercise science
  • marketing
  • the ACUcom arm of the University.
In addition, a new Learning and Teaching Plan for 2009-2011 was adopted, reflecting renewed focus on graduate attributes, generic skills, improved learning outcomes for students and professional development for staff.

New directions

1999-2008 strategic priorities

The Strategic Plan 1999-2008 came to an end this year. It was updated midterm following the 2002 Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) review of the University. The plan sought to bring a Mission-based focus to all the activities of the University and to set a large number of strategic priorities to advance the University over this 10-year period.

New directions

Government reviews

The University contributed full submissions to the Bradley and Cutler reviews of higher education. In addition, the Vice-Chancellor joined 13 other vice-chancellors of non-aligned universities, comprising a critical mass of Australia's higher education sector, to express their wish for a future government plan for the tertiary education sector that is equitable, visionary and sustainable.

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