1. Policy Statement
Australian Catholic University (ACU) aims to develop opportunities for collaboration and partnership with institutions in Australia and overseas in order to further its Mission.
The Policy on Educational Partnerships ensures that educational partnerships are aligned with the strategic direction of the University and that academic standards and quality assurance are maintained.
2. Policy Scope
The Educational Partnerships Policy applies to all forms of educational partnerships, including collaboration and affiliation agreements with local and international partner institutions.
Educational partnerships, affiliations and collaborative arrangements include a range of activities and can relate to teaching and learning; research and research training; professional experience placements; community engagement; or other academic partnership.
Where such activities are delivered by a third party, this Policy applies.
For the purposes of this policy, the key terms have been defined as follows:
Affiliation: a formalised relationship between ACU and a partner institution to advance teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and/or community engagement.
Articulation: the transfer of credit from a partner institution towards study at ACU. Students enrol in the partner institution's program and undertake its courses and/or units of study. Students have the option of applying for admission to ACU and potentially transferring to ACU programs, whether with or without advanced standing. ACU maintains its quality assurance by exercising control over the articulation/credit transfer arrangements.
Dual badging: ACU awarding the degree, with the involvement of the partner institution being recognised on testamurs through its crest and signatories, or both institutions jointly awarding the degree and the involvement of both being recognised on testamurs through their crests and signatories, in accordance with the Policy on Joint Awards between Australian Catholic University and Other Institutions.
Dual award: A dual award involves ACU and another institution offering a course of study which results in two separate awards being conferred from two institutions. Dual awards typically provide students with the opportunity to complete two awards in a shorter timeframe than if each was completed independently.
Educational Partnership: a formalised collaboration between ACU and one or more other parties including governments, communities, professional associations and other educational providers, both nationally and internationally.
Joint award: a formalised partnership between ACU and another institution to jointly develop and present a course as equal partners and confer the award jointly as a single qualification, in accordance with the Policy on Joint Awards between Australian Catholic University and other Institutions.
Professional Experience Placement: means any clinical, counselling, teaching or field practicum, or other assessable professional or practical experience component of a unit and /or course, which may be conducted at or with a partner institution.
4.1 ACU will not regard as its own, or give its name or authority to, courses of study offered and taught by a partner institution unless covered by a formal agreement in accordance with this Policy.
4.2 Programs offered in the name of ACU remain the responsibility of the University's Academic Board and will be conducted in accordance with the policies and procedures, regulations and standards of the University.
4.3 ACU may enter into educational partnerships with institutions of appropriate standing, approved by the relevant member of the Senior Executive and reported to Academic Board.
4.4 All partnership proposals must comply with national codes and legislation and all relevant regulatory requirements affecting both the University and the partner institution/s.
4.5 A relevant Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) must be completed and authorised. Where the proposed MoU does not follow the official ACU template, consultation with the Office of the General Counsel must be undertaken. This will include the details of any credit transfer, enrolment processes, teaching and assessment arrangements, and/or resource provision necessary to offer the courses or units of study, fee distribution, and the quality assurance arrangements for the overall program.
4.6 Demonstration of the academic credibility of any proposed partner institution in a relevant discipline/s, or areas of study, is required.
4.7 Where a program of study leads to an ACU award, the University will ordinarily have sole responsibility and authority in all academic matters and the program and its units of study, learning outcomes and assessment requirements must be of an equivalent standard and quality to the University's on-campus programs.
4.8 Joint award or dual award proposals must be submitted in accordance with the Policy on Course Approval, Amendment and Review. They must address key academic, strategic and operational principles and must be accompanied by the appropriate sign-off on resource issues.
4.9 Any proposal for a joint award or dual badged qualification will include the details of any proposed notation or other recognition to be afforded to the partner institution on the testamur, in accordance with the Policy on Joint Awards between Australian Catholic University and Other Institutions.
4.10 Entry requirements for the proposed course will be consistent with entry standards for ACU programs, including demonstrated English language proficiency.
4.11 Academic programs normally offered/delivered from an ACU campus may, if strategically appropriate, be offered offshore with an approved partner institution/s and in accordance with established ACU course or program rules, policies, guidelines and the general principles underpinning this policy framework.
4.12 Where a program is proposed to be taught off-campus or online, evidence must be provided of the availability and quality of the necessary infrastructure to support the delivery of the program and to support the students studying in the proposed program.
4.13 A risk management approach, in accordance with the ACU Risk Management Policy, should inform decision-making and be incorporated into the establishment and ongoing management of educational partnerships. A risk assessment should be carried out and treatment plans put in place with risks reviewed and monitored annually.
5. Policy Review
This Policy is routinely reviewed as part of the Quality Management Cycle and in accordance with the Policy on Policy Development.
- Policy on Educational Partnerships - AB approved 20140716 (Policy, PDF File, 109.9 KB)
|Policy applies to||
|Approval Authority||Academic Board|
|Governing Authority||Academic Board|
|Responsible Officer||Chair, Academic Board|
|Date of Last Revision||01/01/2014|
|Effective Date of Last Revision|
|Date of Policy Review *||01/07/2019|
* Unless otherwise indicated, this policy will still apply beyond the review date.
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Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act
Intellectual Property Policy
Policy on Course Approval, Amendment and Review
Policy on Evaluation of Teaching and Learning
Policy on Discipline Expertise within Courses
Policy on Quality Flexible Teaching and Learning
Policy on Quality Teaching and Learning
Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning
Policy on Joint Awards between Australian Catholic University and other Institutions
Quality Management Policy
Research Cost Recovery Policy
Risk Management Policy
Student Administration Processes for Partner Organisations
Sponsoring their Staff to Undertake Study at Australian Catholic University
University Strategic Plan
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