1. Purpose of policy
This policy identifies the requirements for and the purpose, scope and nature of formal cyclical reviews of Faculties at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
2. Policy scope and application
This policy applies to formal reviews of each Faculty of the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Please refer to the University’s Glossary of Terms for policies and procedures.
4. Policy Statement
4.1 Requirements for Faculty reviews
4.1.1 Formal reviews of each Faculty will be undertaken at least every seven years.
4.1.2 Each formal Faculty review will be undertaken by a review panel appointed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), the membership of which must comprise a majority of persons with no formal association with the particular Faculty to be reviewed or with the University.
4.1.3 Each Faculty review will be conducted in accordance with the latest version of the Faculty Review Procedures associated with this policy.
4.2 Purposes, scope and nature of Faculty reviews
4.2.1 Formal Faculty reviews are intended to contribute to identification and implementation of changes, developments and improvements that could be made in relation to a Faculty in order to strengthen its effectiveness.
4.2.2 Each review will be undertaken by a review panel appointed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), and will entail:
(a) evidence-based evaluations of the extent to which, and the effectiveness of the means by which:
(i) a Faculty’s operations and outcomes have contributed to pursuit of the University’s priorities and to achievement of the University’s strategic objectives and targets;
(ii) a Faculty’s practices and processes are consistent with higher education sector norms and expectations;
(iii) a Faculty has contributed to the University’s ongoing compliance with relevant national Higher Education Standards and other legislation;
(b) provision of independent advice and recommendations, derived from the evaluations, to assist each Faculty and the University in identifying:
(i) Faculty strengths, good practices, positive outcomes and productive improvements in performance in recent years, and ongoing compliance with relevant Higher Education Standards; and
(ii) areas in which Faculty practices, performance, and outcomes should be enhanced or improved, including in relation to comparable practices, performance and outcomes elsewhere, approaches to assuring and improving quality, and maintaining compliance with relevant Higher Education Standards and other legislation.
4.2.3 Each formal Faculty review will address the following main areas within the context of terms of reference for the review as determined by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and consistent with the Faculty Review Procedures associated with this policy:
(a) Faculty plans, priorities and operations including in relation to University plans and targets and University compliance with the Higher Education Standards;
(b) Faculty structures, management and leadership;
(c) taught curriculum, students and teaching;
(d) research and research training;
(e) external engagement;
(f) facilities, equipment and technologies; and
(g) areas for improvement and future developments.
4.2.4 Each review will result in a Faculty developing a response to the review findings, an action plan to address review recommendations, progress reports and a final report on implementation of the plan, consistent with the Faculty Review Procedures associated with this policy.
The following authorities are delegated under this policy: