Terms of reference
The University Education Committee (UEC) is a formally constituted committee of the Academic Senate with particular responsibility for providing leadership in the academic governance of all aspects of the University's strategic plan relating to Education that include, but are not limited to curriculum development, the UOW student experience, and assurance of academic quality and standards.
The academic governance framework of the University is consistent with the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards).
The UEC will support the strategic plan in working toward a position in the top 1% of world universities, by upholding the overall institutional accountability processes for quality assurance of higher education.
The committee shall have oversight of all aspects of the University's strategic plan that include, but are not limited to:
- curriculum development;
- UOW student academic experience;
- assurance of academic quality and standards;
- education across all sites (onshore and offshore) and modes of delivery;
- student diversity;
- development of educational technology and services;
- academic policy development and implementation;
- academic staff development, promotion and recognition of excellence; and
- student career development and employability.
The UEC shall:
- oversee academic quality assurance initiatives for all University of Wollongong courses, both onshore and, in conjunction with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global) Strategy), offshore, to maintain and strengthen the quality and integrity of all courses;
- monitor course quality through regular reporting on comparative student outcomes and course performance and make recommendations to Academic Senate to support course improvement and course management initiatives;
- make recommendations to Academic Senate with regards to promoting Academic Integrity and by monitoring academic misconduct outcomes;
- receive annual reporting on Student academic Complaints and make recommendations to inform Academic Complaints management at UOW;
- consider matters and make recommendations to Academic Senate in order to ensure all students in all locations have access to an equivalent learning experience using the highest quality learning facilities, and are supported by skilled and committed academic and professional staff;
- develop and drive the creation and delivery of innovative, inclusive and challenging curricula;
- promote high quality teaching, educational innovation, and the reward and recognition of teaching staff;
- ensure that all UOW graduates develop skills, qualities and knowledge that enable their success in the global workplace;
- oversee and develop strategies relating to the wider student experience;
- review and develop pathways to higher education, and support the development of new courses designed to ensure access to higher education is available to all, including groups currently under-represented in the higher-education sector;
- drive the realisation of the University of Wollongong as a digital university for learners and teachers;
- make recommendations to Academic Senate on proposals for new or amended, University-wide policies relating to education, the student experience and the administration of courses;
- provide advice to the Academic Senate and other University bodies on all matters relating to learning and teaching, and student experience; and
- receive the minutes of subcommittees and other special purpose groups and make determinations and recommendations on issues arising from the deliberation of these committees.
The University Education Committee shall consist of:
- The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) as Chair
- The Chair of Academic Senate
- The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) or nominee
- Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) & Chair, Student Academic Experience Subcommittee
- Pro Vice-Chancellor (Inclusion and Outreach)
- Dean of Research
- Associate Deans (Education) (five positions)
- Academic Directors, South Western and Southern Sydney Campuses
- Academic Director, Regional Campuses
- UOW College General Manager
- Director, Student Services Division
- Director, Academic Quality and Standards
- Director, Library Services
- Director, Graduate Career Development & Employability
- Director, Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
- Director, Information Management and Technology Services
- Chair, Education Policy Review Subcommittee
- Chair, Academic Quality and Standards Subcommittee
- Academic Senate Representatives (five elected Senate members)
Unless otherwise provided, the term of office of all elected members shall be two years.
- Associate Deans (International) (two positions, appointed by the Chair following consultation with the Chair, University Internationalisation Committee)
- Faculty Academic Staff Representatives (one per Faculty, appointed by the Chair following consultation with the Executive Dean and Associate Dean (Education) of each Faculty))
- One representative of UOW Global Enterprises (appointed by the Chair)
- One representative of the Wollongong Academic of Tertiary Teaching and Learning Excellence (WATTLE) Executive Committee (appointed by the Chair)
- Student Representatives (three positions, one undergraduate, one postgraduate and one international student, appointed by the Chair)
The Chair may, from time to time, appoint positions to the committee to ensure there is sufficient representation, views and expertise for the committee to achieve its business. Where such appointments are made, the Chair shall make the recommendation to the committee and set the term of the appointment.
Wherever possible, membership of the University Education Committee should reflect the diversity of the University of Wollongong staff and student body.
Committee members wanting to take leave of absence during their term should seek the approval of the Committee. Any short-term membership replacements will be a matter for the Chair and the Committee to determine.
The quorum for a meeting shall be fifty per cent (50%) of the membership plus one.
The Committee will meet five times per year.
- Education Policy Review Subcommittee (EPRS)
- Academic Quality & Standards Subcommittee (AQSS)
- Student Academic Experience Subcommittee (SAES)
In addition to sub-committees, the UEC utilises Task and Finish groups to deal with specific, short-term issues. The number and structure of these groups changes regularly, to respond to changing priorities.
Comments / questions?
Please contact Academic Quality & Standards Unit