Awards offered at an RMIT offshore campus procedure

Procedure

Intent and objectives

To provide a procedure for the ongoing development, delivery and continuous improvement of awards offered at an RMIT offshore campus, within a common governance system.

Scope

All awards offered at an RMIT offshore campus.

Exclusions

NIL

Procedure

Procedure (including Key Points)

Responsibility

Initial approval for offering existing awards

1. The President (or equivalent) of the offshore campus is responsible for obtaining the support of the relevant board and the Vice Chancellor for a program to be offered by the offshore campus.

2. The flowcharts setting out the steps required are to be found under the RMIT policy on program approval.

3. Once approval is given for a program to be offered at an RMIT offshore campus, the Pro Vice Chancellor Academic (or nominee) and the Head of School (or nominee) are responsible to work with the Vice President Academic and the Head of Centre (or their equivalents) of the offshore campus to ensure the preparation of the relevant documentation needed to gain Academic Board approval for the new program offering at the offshore campus.


President (or equivalent) of the offshore campus




PVC A (or nominee) Dean/HoS (or nominee) VPA and HoC of offshore campus

Development, delivery and continuous improvement of awards

Once approval is given for a program to be offered at an RMIT offshore campus, the Pro Vice Chancellor Academic (or nominee) and the Head of School (or nominee) are responsible to:

1. Ensure that the following materials are provided to the offshore campus:

a. The Program Guide for the offshore campus offering,

b. Course curricula for all courses in the Program including Part A Course Guides,

c. Educational materials required to teach and assess the course at the offshore.

2. Approve Program and Course Coordinators to liaise with their counterparts in all locations to ensure the learning outcomes of the program and courses are of equivalent and comparable standards,

3. Ensure the successful management of assessment outcomes, awards and student progress. The Student Progress Committee, comprised of staff from RMIT University and the offshore campus, is accountable to the Head of School. The Head of School is accountable to the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the relevant academic college and the Academic Board for successful management of assessment outcomes, awards and student progress (as per the approved Student Progress Committees – Terms of Reference).

4. Ensure that any changes to Program Guides for programs already being offered at an offshore campus are discussed with the offshore campus to consider any consequences before being submitted to the College Board for approval.


PVC A and Dean/HoS or nominees



PVC A and Dean/HoS (or nominees) and HoC or nominee

The Vice President Academic through the Head of Centre (or their equivalents) at the offshore campus is responsible to:

1. Implement the relevant academic policies of RMIT University at the offshore campus,

2. Collaborate on the continuous improvement of the program and its constituent courses as determined by relevant RMIT University policies and procedures,

3. Submit proposed changes to RMIT accredited awards as they operate at the offshore campus to the relevant College committee of RMIT University for approval,

4. For Nationally Accredited Qualifications propose changes to the approved award for endorsement by the Director TAFE or nominee,

5. Submit Program Annual Reviews detailing evidence of equivalence and comparability of standards of programs,

6. Nominate a program coordinator who will manage the delivery of the program in that location and report to the campus committee through the Head of Centre on the learning outcomes of the program,

7. Nominate course coordinators to develop and further improve the delivery and assessment of the courses and;

a. To seek approval from the Head of Centre (or nominee) for Part B Course guides for the offshore campus course offerings, and

b. To develop and further improve the delivery and assessment of the courses, and

c. To seek approval from the Head of Centre (or nominee) to propose changes to Part A of the course guides to the relevant RMIT committee for consideration.




VPA and HoC (or their equivalents) or nominees at offshore campus

Offshore campus committee

A campus committee will be established for each offshore campus, which will:

1. Exercise oversight over academic issues including Learning and Teaching,

2. Report to respective College Boards adequate evidence of equivalence and comparability of standards of programs and courses,

3. Recommend to College Boards:

a. Changes to programs and courses offered by the offshore campus,

b. New courses,

c. New programs,

d. Offering existing awards of RMIT University for the first time at the offshore campus,

e. Discontinuation of courses or programs offered at the offshore campus.


President of offshore campus

and

VPA of offshore campus (or their equivalents)

Academic governance

The President (or equivalent) of the RMIT offshore campus will be an ex officio member of the Academic Board.

The Vice President Academic (or equivalent) at the RMIT offshore campus will be an ex officio member of the Policy and Programs Committee.

The Heads of Centre (or equivalent) will be ex officio members of the relevant College Boards.

College Boards and their standing committees will monitor standards of programs and courses across all locations by:

1. Overseeing issues impacting on comparability and equivalence of the standards of awards and courses,

2. Including cross representation on College committees of the offshore campus personnel with ex officio responsibilities for monitoring equivalence and comparability of programs and courses,

3. Ensuring committees meet at mutually convenient times within the normal working hours of each location.


Membership as per relevant Statute, Regulation or Policy of RMIT







Operating arrangements responsibility of Chair of respective committees

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