This policy outlines the principles for establishing Australian Catholic University (ACU) Satellite Centres and the associated governance, management and ongoing quality assurance mechanisms required for their operation.
2. Policy Scope
This policy applies University-wide and to all staff and students of ACU.
The definitions used in this policy are consistent with the ACU Glossary of Terms. The following terms have specific meanings in this policy.
Satellite Centre means a place or site where learning, teaching, research and/or other services are provided for groups of ACU students and prospective students, but which are geographically and physically located away from the current ACU campuses. ACU Satellite Centres are badged as ACU sites and form part of the continuum of ACU delivery environments.
4. Policy Context
Satellite Centres may be established to meet a University priority, or need that is assessed by the Senior Executive Group as not able to be met solely through a campus or online response, or combination of both. This includes:
Responding to increasing demand for more workplace-based professional practice in health and education;
For offerings in non-traditional delivery modes;
To increase student access, ACU's presence and reach internationally and domestically; or
To meet specific research or student cohort needs.
5. Policy Purpose
This policy ensures:
5.1 That the establishment and ongoing use of Satellite Centres aligns with the ACU Identity and Mission and Strategic Plan, and complies with relevant Australian Government or host country legislation.
5.2 That stakeholder relationships, internally and externally, are developed and/or enhanced consistent with the University Mission and Strategic Plan.
5.3 That a formal documented process for establishment of Satellite Centres is followed, including through educational partnership or affiliation agreements, and maintenance of the ACU Registers of Satellite Centres.
5.4 That ACU Satellite Centres will operate within appropriate governance structures, as defined in the Satellite Centres Procedures.
5.5 That ACU Satellite Centres will be established where they make best use of ACU resources and contributions from priority partners.
5.6 That ACU Satellite Centres are considered in Faculty and Directorate Organisational Unit Plans, ACU strategic and infrastructure planning, and in policy development.
5.7 That operational risk management mechanisms for Satellite Centres are in place and effective.
5.8 That effective mechanisms are in place to ensure quality assurance and integrity of academic processes, service delivery and infrastructure.
6. Establishment of Satellite Centres
6.1 All proposals for the establishment of a Satellite Centre must be developing following the process and criteria defined in the Procedures for Satellite Centres.
6.2 All proposals for the establishment of ACU Satellite Centres must be endorsed and approved in advance by the Senior Executive Group.
6.3 All Satellite Centres will be subject to an approved agreement or equivalent in accordance with the procedures and will be recorded on the ACU domestic or international register of Satellite Centres.
7. Operation of Satellite Centres
7.1 ACU Satellite Centres will operate under the terms of an approved agreement or equivalent, and in accordance with existing ACU statutes, regulations, policies and procedures.
7.2 Where Satellite Centres require additional local-based protocols or processes, these will be negotiated and documented as part of the approved agreement.
7.3 All ACU Satellite Centres will be badged with the ACU logo. Such branding must be in line with the ACU Brand Guidelines.
8. ACU Roles and Responsibilities
8.1 The Senior Executive Group will be the Governing Authority for this policy and associated procedures.
8.2 Roles and responsibilities of other ACU committees, Directorates, Faculties and staff will be defined in a schedule in the Procedures for Satellite Centres.
9. Policy Review
9.1 This policy will be reviewed every five years in accordance with the ACU Policy on Policy Development.
10. Related Statutes, Regulations, Policies, Procedures and Local Protocols apply.