The Academic Board is established under the Edith Cowan University Act, which endows it with overarching responsibility for the academic functions and the academic governance of the University. Its scope ranges across all aspects of courses, student admission and enrolment and academic progress, teaching and learning and research, and services to students.
It is supported by its three senior committees, whose Terms of Reference align with those of the Board (which are laid down in the Act), and which make recommendations on policy and procedures, Rules, and high level University strategy. The Act states that “the Academic Board shall have all such powers as may be necessary to discharge its functions”, ensuring its independence. International students, programs and activities are included in the scope of responsibility of the Board and all its committees, and all have the power to establish working parties where required. These Committees are listed below.
Established in 2017 by combining the previous Curriculum Teaching and Learning Committee and the Academic Services Committee, the Education Committee advises and makes recommendations to the Academic Board on Rules, policies, procedures and services relating to academic services for all student groups. As well as matters relating to the curriculum and delivery of academic programs, resource requirements and infrastructure planning with regard to educational programs, the improvement of teaching and learning, course standards, quality and evaluation, the quality of teaching and learning delivery in all locations and modes of delivery, flexible learning; academic staff development relating to teaching and learning.
The Education Committee reviews all proposals for new courses, majors and specialisations and if satisfied with their quality and compliance, recommends them to the Academic Board for approval.
The Research and Higher Degree Committee makes recommendations to Academic Board on policies and procedures relating to research and development, including commercial research and development and research consultancies, internal and external research funding, contract research, research institutions and centres, procedures and quality of research training for graduate students and staff, the legal requirements for ethical conduct in research involving human and animal subjects, occupational health and safety, bio-safety, hazardous substances and the use of radio-active materials. RHDC develops and reviews the University Research and Research Training Functional Plan.
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