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Academic Secretariat


The Academic Secretariat contributes significantly to the University's academic governance and academic policy reviews, academic programs and accreditation processes and significant projects.

It achieves this by:

  • providing strategic advice and support services for the University's policy framework management, and development and review of academic, governing and managerial policies
  • facilitating academic program and curriculum accreditation to ensure compliance with quality assurance requirements, Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015
  • providing high level executive support to the Academic Board, Learning and Teaching Committee, Research Committee and Research Degrees Committee
  • managing specific projects on behalf of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

In addition to servicing the University's Academic Board and its academic standing committees, the Academic Secretariat also supports other committees including the Student Representative Council, Indigenous Advisory Committee and Sustainability Management Committee.

For more information, contact the Academic Secretariat.

The Academic Board was established under the University of the Sunshine Coast Act 1998 to protect academic quality and integrity in its higher education operations.

The Academic Board's primary responsibilities will be to:

  • advise the Council about teaching, scholarship and research matters concerning the University
  • formulate proposals for the academic policies of the University
  • monitor the academic activities of the University's faculties
  • promote and encourage scholarship and research at the University
Learning and Teaching Committee

The Learning and Teaching Committee recommends to the Academic Board on learning and teaching policy matters and the accreditation of programs and approval of changes to programs other than for higher degrees by research.

The Committee advises the Academic Board and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor on the University's strategic plans associated with learning and teaching.

Research Committee

The Research Committee provides advice to Academic Board on research policies and research matters.

The Committee advises the Academic Board and the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) on the University's strategic plans associated with research and research training and awards grants under various internal research grant schemes.

Research Degrees Committee

The Research Degrees Committee is a committee of the Academic Board. Its role is to:

  • admit candidates, monitor and review candidates' progress and make decisions related to candidature and examinations for higher degrees by research;
  • recommend to the Academic Board the admission of candidates to the award of a higher degree by research;
  • monitor, and provide advice to the Academic Board and the Research Committee on, the quality of higher degree by research programs;
  • liaise with and provide advice to the Research Committee on any matter pertaining to higher degree by research programs

Academic Secretariat provides leadership and advice in academic quality assurance guided by principles outlined in the Program Accreditation and Course Approval - Governing Policy and Higher Degree by Research Accreditation - Academic Policy. This involves:

  • leading quality assurance processes for all academic program accreditation and approvals through the Learning and Teaching Committee, Research Degrees Committee and Academic Board
  • providing advisory and consultative services to academic work units and groups responsible for curriculum management, quality assurance and improvement
  • monitoring and reporting on the implementation of, and compliance with, regulatory curriculum quality assurance policies and processes.

More information on program accreditation is available on the MyUSC.

The University's Policy Framework is an outcome of the recommendations from the Policy Review Project conducted in 2012 and systemic improvements to the policy framework, policy information management and the policy development processes at the University. The Policy Framework - Governing Policy was approved by Council in October 2013 and sets a broad framework for development of policy and related procedures within the University and to enunciate principles for consistency in the management of policy development and its lifecycle.

More information on the Policy Framework is available on MyUSC.

Academic Secretariat also manages the:

Project Activities

Academic Board Planning Day 2017

Supporting the Chair of the Academic Board

Academic Plan 2016-2020

Maintaining the currency of the development of the Academic Plan 2016 - 2020

Research Concentrations - Academic Policy Review

Supporting the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) to set the principles for alignment with the strategic goals of the University.

Student Grievance Resolution – Governing Policy and Procedures Implementation Supporting the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) to implement the new policy and procedures relating to Student Grievance Resolution, including reviews and appeals.
Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) Supporting the implementation of IAR Statements for programs.
Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Supporting the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) with approvals and launch in 2017 of the University's RAP.
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