Approval of admission standards for new VET and higher education coursework programs instruction

Instruction statement

This instruction supplements the University’s policies and procedures governing program design and program approval. It should be read in conjunction with those documents.

The Selection and admission policy requires that every program have documented program entry requirements, selection tasks, and selection methodology (admission standards).

When a new program is proposed, the admission standards must be endorsed by the relevant College Board prior to submission of the program to Policy and Programs Committee, Academic Board and Council for approval.

This instruction provides a systematic process for the documentation and approval of admission standards for programs.

This instruction applies to all programs on the RMIT Scope of Registration or which RMIT University accredits.

Exclusions

All Higher Degree by Research programs. These programs are covered by a separate instruction.

Instruction steps and actions

Program development

Process steps/actions

Responsibility

Timeline

In accordance with the Program quality assurance policy and the supporting procedures and guidelines for program approval, and pursuant to the Selection and admission policy, the program development team must prepare and incorporate program admission standards (program entry requirements, selection tasks and selection methodology) into the program development proposal.

Admission standards include:

  • Program entry requirements, including prerequisites;
  • Selection tasks, if used; and
  • Selection methodology

For details regarding admission standards, see the Selection and admission policy and procedure.

Program development team

At least 12 months prior to implementation date

In drafting the admission standards you may wish to consult the College Admissions Manager for advice and guidance.

The program entry requirements must be drafted in accordance with the Selection and admission policy and procedure.

The Program Guide System which is the authoritative reference for enrolled and prospective students must be updated to include the proposed program entry requirements. Refer to Guidelines for writing program guides.

Program development team

Approval of admission standards

Process steps/actions

Responsibility

Timeline

The proposed admission standards must be endorsed by the relevant College Board prior to submission of the program to Policy and Programs Committee, Academic Board and Council for approval.

Program development team

Publication of program entry requirements and selection tasks

Process steps/actions

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Timeline

Once College Board has approved the endorsed program admission standards, the program entry requirements and selection tasks (where relevant) must be updated and reflected in the official authorised sources.

  • The official source of program entry requirements is the Program Guide.
  • The official source for the selection tasks is the program summary

Program development team/Course and Program Administration

College Admissions Manager

Storage of approved selection methodology

Process steps/actions

Responsibility

Timeline

The approved selection methodology must be stored in an electronic format and maintained in the College (pending development of program information functions to manage content at university level).

Academic College

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