Changes to offerings at a global partner instruction

Instruction statement

This instruction applies only to changes to an existing program offering at an approved global partner, other than the types of change definitely requiring full Academic and Business Case (ABC) approval, namely:

  • change of duration
  • change for compliance with the AQF

This instruction sets out the initial process steps to decide whether other types of proposal to change a program at a global partner require ABC approval, or not. Once this decision has been taken, the instruction refers staff to the instruction for the correct approval path for the proposal.

Exclusions

This instruction applies only to approvals of changes to program offerings at approved RMIT University global partners.

Instruction steps and actions

Instruction (including key points)

Responsibility

1. The Dean/Head of School emails Transnational Education (TNE) with summary details of the proposed change to a program offering at an approved RMIT global partner.

The email should be sent to the Assistant Director, Transnational Education and copied to the TNE service email account, int.partners@rmit.edu.au It should state:

  • the partner
  • the program code and title
  • the program plan code and title
  • details of the proposed change

Dean/Head of School

2. The Assistant Director, TNE performs an initial assessment of the proposed change to advise on whether it may have a significant impact on the partner agreement, and notifies the School of the outcome.

[Note: changes such as changes to course codes/course titles, for example, may not require consideration in step 3, but could be returned to the College for academic approval.]

There are two possible outcomes of this initial assessment.

A. The change is assessed as having no effect on the partner agreement. (See step 6 below.)

B. The change is assessed as having an impact on the partner agreement. (See step 4 below.)

Assistant Director, TNE

3. If the change is assessed at step 2 as having a possibly significant impact on the partner agreement, The Assistant Director, TNE forwards the email to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development) (DVC (I&D) )and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (DVC (A) ) for advice on whether the proposal needs to be submitted for Academic and Business Case approval.

Assistant Director, TNE

4. The DVC (I&D) and DVC (A) advise the Assistant Director, TNE on whether the proposal needs to be submitted for full Academic and Business Case approval.

There are two possible outcomes of this decision.

A. The proposal is considered not to need full Academic and Business Case approval, but is to be reported to the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive. (See step 7 below.)

B The change is assessed as needing full Academic and Business Case approval. (See step 8 below.)

DVC (I&D) and DVC (A)

5. The Assistant Director, TNE notifies the Dean/Head of School of the decision of the DVC (I&D) and DVC (A).

Assistant Director, TNE

6. If the change is assessed at step 2 as having no impact on the partner agreement, follow the approval process set out in the College level academic approval only instruction.

Program team or College Academic Development Group

7. If the change, and the consequent changes to the agreement with the partner, are assessed at step 4 as not requiring full Academic and Business Case approval,

  • This is reported to the next meeting of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive, and
  • The program change proceeds by the approval process set out in the College level academic approval only instruction.


DVC (I&D) or DVC (A)

Program team or College Academic Development Group

8. If the change is assessed at step 4 as requiring full Academic and Business Case approval, follow the process set out in the Academic and Business Case instruction.

Program team or College Academic Development Group

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