This policy outlines the terms of reference for Leaders Institute (LI) Academic Board and its subcommittees.
Academic Board is the principal academic governing body of LI. Academic Board may delegate any of its powers or functions to subcommittees or advisory boards. The Chairs of each subcommittee are appointed by Academic Board on an annual basis.
A quorum shall constitute 50% of members.
Members are expected to attend (on campus or on Zoom) most of the scheduled meetings.
Guest staff or external experts may be invited to attend meetings to provide advice upon request. Guests to meetings have no voting rights at meetings.
Minutes of Meetings
Minutes are stored in a secure electronic repository. All members receive a digital copy of minutes.
The relevant Chair will appoint a secretary.
Member Induction and Training
Academic Board members maintain currency in skills, knowledge and commitment to the objects of the Institute. The Chair of Academic Board ensures induction and training of new members, as well as professional development and training of members.
Self-Evaluation and External Moderation
Academic Board periodically conducts self-evaluations, highlighting elements of concern and recommendations for improvement. Governing Board also periodically commissions an external moderation of Academic Board to ensure appropriate, effective and innovative operations.
Appointment of Chair
The Chair is elected by Governing Board as is an ex officio member of Governing Board. The Chair shall serve for three years in the first instance and be eligible for reappointment based on performance. The role of Academic Board Chair will be external.
The membership of Academic Board includes:
Ex officio members
· Vice President Academic
· Program Directors
· Chairs of each subcommittee of Academic Board
· external Chair
· one or more academic staff representatives
· two or more external members with relevant discipline expertise
· one student-elected student representative
Terms of Office
Non ex officio members of Academic Board shall serve for three years in the first instance and be eligible for reappointment based on performance. For ex officio members, the term will be for the duration of their employment in those positions. External members will be appointed by Academic Board for a term of three years and be eligible for reappointment based on performance. The student representative is appointed for a term of one year, with the option for re-appointment.
The Chair may appoint a Deputy Chair.
Frequency of Meetings
Academic Board meets at least four times per year.
Terms of reference
The functions of Academic Board are to:
- report to Governing Board on all issues and policy matters affecting academic activities, quality assurance, processes and resources;
- develop and apply for accreditation of new courses approved for development by Governing Board;
- approve course reviews and applications for course reaccreditations;
- make recommendation to Governing Board for degree conferral for those students who have satisfied their course requirements;
- appoint and monitor subcommittees of Academic Board;
- sustain the professional development, research, scholarship and expertise of academic staff;
- develop, implement and review academic policies, initiatives and related academic requirements;
- oversee the development of library and teaching resources;
- oversee the safety and wellbeing of students;
- ensure academic policies and processes are acceptable to stakeholders and accrediting bodies.
Reporting to Governing Board
The Chair of Academic Board tables a report to Governing Board regarding major decisions and outcomes from Academic Board meetings held since the previous Governing Board meeting.
ACADEMIC BOARD SUBCOMMITTEES
Academic Board may delegate any of its functions to subcommittees. The Chairs and members of each subcommittee are appointed by Academic Board annually. The Chairs table reports at each Academic Board meeting. The Academic Board subcommittees are:
Development Committee (DC) membership includes relevant LI academic and executive staff. The role of DC is to carry out the work of Academic Board in the following areas:
- monitor changes and developments in higher education and in government educational policy;
- oversee development and applications to accrediting bodies of new courses;
- oversee course reviews and applications to accrediting bodies for course reaccreditations;
- advise Academic Board about the establishment, revision, discontinuation and disestablishment of courses;
- review new and revised unit outlines;
- supervise and coordinate Material Change Notifications to accrediting bodies;
- appoint of Course Advisory Committees as required;
- other responsibilities related to government or professional accreditation or registration as required.
Frequency of Meetings
Development Committee meets at least four times per year.
Examiners Committee (EC) membership includes Program Directors, relevant academic staff, and administrative assistant. The role of EC is to:
- oversee the internal monitoring of grades at the end of each semester, as soon as practicable after the conclusion of the examination period;
- review academic results and interim grades submitted by Program Directors for all units across all delivery sites and modes;
- consider results and interim grades with respect to indicators of academic quality and integrity;
- recommend amendments to interim grades;
- recommend the setting of supplementary assessment in special cases;
- endorse academic results and grades as final;
- report matters regarding internal monitoring to Academic Board that may impact on quality assurance.
EC may recommend the setting of supplementary assessment but does not determine the type of supplementary assessment, as this is a matter for unit and program management.
Frequency of Meetings
EC meets at least three times per year.
Learning and Teaching Committee
Learning and Teaching Committee (LTC) membership includes relevant LI academic staff, at least one external academic expert in the field and one student representative. The role of LTC is to:
- ensure that learning and teaching practices are of a high quality;
- ensure regular monitoring and reporting to Academic Board on the implementation and effectiveness of teaching and learning practices including work integrated learning opportunities;
- ensure that course and unit learning outcomes are achieved;
- provide advice to Academic Board on measures designed to improve the quality and effectiveness of learning and teaching;
- advise Academic Board on the outcomes of LI teaching practices including student participation, retention, progression and satisfaction;
- oversee external moderation of grades;
- other matters as referred by Academic Board concerning program quality, academic integrity and misconduct and related issues.
LTC may appoint ad hoc specialist subcommittees as required.
Frequency of Meetings
LTC meets at least four times per year.
Research and Scholarship Committee
Research and Scholarship Committee (RSC) membership includes at least two research active academic staff and at least one external academic expert in a relevant field. The role of RSC is to:
· foster a research culture at the Institute;
· build capacity for research collaboration and inter-institutional research;
· support research active academic staff to produce high quality published research;
· oversee professional development and foster scholarship activities of academic staff;
· ensure currency of Academic Staff Register;
· measure and report to Academic Board on research and scholarship output;
· other matters as referred by Academic Board concerning research and scholarship related issues.
RSC may appoint ad hoc specialist subcommittees as required.
Frequency of Meetings
RSC meets at least four times per year.
All staff and students
- Academic staff members of Academic Board are nominated by the Chair of Academic Board, in consultation with the Vice President Academic, and the nominees submitted to Academic Board for approval and appointment.
- External members of Academic Board are appointed as the need arises, such as when a current external member’s term expires. Chair of Academic Board will invite suggestions from the members and approach relevant candidates with the offer to serve on Academic Board.
- The student representative to Academic Board is elected by the students. The student representative must be enrolled in a current LI course, be able to represent the general needs of students without promoting personal agenda or bias, and agree to confidentiality relating to Academic Board discussions and decisions.