1. The Academic Senate is responsible for assisting Council to oversee and monitor the academic activities of the University and ensuring the academic quality and integrity of the University’s academic operations.
2. The Academic Senate will:
2.1 set the underpinning policies and processes necessary to assure and continually monitor and improve student performance and teaching and learning outcomes, and to maintain academic standards1, academic freedom and academic integrity;
2.2 set and monitor the maintenance of academic standards, consistent with external requirements such as professional accreditation, professional standards, and standards prescribed by Commonwealth and State Government;
2.3 contribute to the development and review of the University’s education strategy, the promotion of scholarship and the development of teaching and learning pedagogies;
2.4 contribute to the development and review of the University’s research strategy, and the promotion of an enhanced research performance;
2.5 approve the accreditation of academic awards and changes to existing awards, including their suspension or withdrawal, and oversee course review and improvement;
2.6 approve selected awards of recognition and provide advice on other awards of recognition in accordance with Council policy;
2.7 approve the establishment or disestablishment, and monitor the review of, research and teaching centres and institutes;
2.8 provide advice on proposals for the establishment and ammendment of the College structure;
2.9 provide advice on resourcing and other relevant academic management issues that impact on academic standards and integrity;
2.10 provide advice on any other matters relating to the academic activities of the University that may be referred to it from time to time.
3. In undertaking its role, the Academic Senate will monitor:
(a) the cycle of Course and School reviews;
(b) student appeals processes and outcomes;
(c) academic performance data2 in relation to the University’s education strategy and the effectiveness of programs and initiatives in achieving academic objectives and improving the quality of teaching and learning and student support services;
(d) research and research training performance, the performance of research and teaching centres and institutes, and the effectiveness of research strategy;
(e) the operation of the University's ethics committees;
(f) the making of awards for academic excellence.
4. The Academic Senate may:
4.1 establish sub-committees or working parties to advise it on any matters within its terms of reference;
4.2 delegate its powers and responsibilities to any commitee or officer of the University.
5. The Academic Senate will report to Council:
5.1 regularly, on decisions made in accordance with powers delegated to it by Council (refer terms of reference 2.1, 2.2, and 2.5-2.7); and
5.2 annually, in relation to significant matters within its terms of reference.
6. The Academic Senate will annually review and report to Council on its own performance.
Appointed members (13)
Chairperson (a member of the academic staff appointed by the Vice-Chancellor)
Twelve (12) senior academic staff, two (2) from each college, with skills and experience appropriate to Academic Senate's terms of reference, appointed by the Vice-President and Executive Dean giving due consideration to gender balance.
Ex officio members (14)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students)
Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)
Six (6) x Vice-President and Executive Deans of College
Dean, Indigenous Strategy and Engagement
Dean of Graduate Research
Education Officer, Student Council
Academic Senate Secretary
All members of the University community are welcome to attend meetings of Academic Senate. The following officers are not necessarily required to attend, but are anticipated to attend regularly:
Postgraduate Students Officer, Student Council
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching Innovation)
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Life)
Chief Information Officer
Appointed staff positions: 2 years
Academic Senate will be convened six (6) times per year.
1. Academic standards (from TEQSA glossary) means an agreed specification (such as a defined benchmark or indicator) that is used as a definition of a level of performance or achievement, rule, or guideline. Standards may apply to academic outcomes, such as student or graduate achievement of core discipline knowledge and core discipline skills (known as learning outcomes), or to academic processes such as student selection, teaching, research supervision, and assessment. At Flinders, reference to academic standards has been interpreted to encompass standards of teaching and learning (including research training), student support and research performance.
2. Examples: course and student profile; student demand and achievement of recruitment targets; attrition; progression and completion; student evaluation of teaching and course experience; academic staff profile and qualifications; academic staff promotions; national and international benchmarking.