UWS Academic Senate Information for members Contents in Order of Presentation Welcome by Chair Schedule of meetings Academic Senate responsibilities Scope of academic governance Academic Senate Terms of Reference Academic Senate Full membership Academic Senate Executive membership
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Information for members
Welcome to the University of Western Sydney Academic Senate. It is the peak academic body in the University. As a member of Senate you play an important role in the development and determination of academic policies. Together with your Senate colleagues, Academic Senate acts as primary custodian of academic values, quality and standards for the University. Senate full meetings, committees, and working parties, review and develop policies, debate academic issues, promote quality in Teaching, Learning and Research, advise on the Academic Plan, encourage collaboration and approve academic aspects of courses.
Available on-line at: http://www.uws.edu.au/students/stuadmin/calendarAcademic Senate Responsibilities
Full details of Senate terms of reference and rules can be found in the UWS Calendar available at : http://www.uws.edu.au/students/stuadmin/calendar
In summary, the Academic Senate, as laid down in the University of Western Sydney Act, 1997…
“…is the peak forum of the University for academic debate and discourse, and is the primary custodian of academic values and standards for the University”
Subject to the By-law and to any decision of the Board of Trustees, the Academic Senate will:
-advise the Board, the Vice-Chancellor, and other senior executives of the University, on the University's academic objectives, activities, policies, procedures, and overall academic direction;
-promote and monitor academic quality, standards and values of the University's academic activities, advise on the University's Academic Plan and advise the Board and Vice-Chancellor as appropriate;
-decide academic policy and approve related procedures;
-accredit and approve courses and subjects;-authorise the conferring of awards; and-promote the quality and development of research in the University.
The Executive Committee determines urgent matters on behalf of Senate between meetings of the full Senate, monitors the business of the Senate and all Senate committees and reviews Senate action sheets, to ensure that appropriate follow-up is taking place. It also assists in the process of determining which matters should be referred to Senate for attention.
Terms of Reference
Identify issues requiring attention by the Academic Senate and ensure the preparation of appropriate draft proposals and recommendations, together with supporting documentation, for consideration by Senate.
Facilitate the flow of business among Senate and its other standing committees.
Determine urgent matters within the jurisdiction of Senate, which arise between meetings of Senate, and report action taken to the Senate.
Consider and determine any matters referred to it by Senate, or the Chair of Senate, or, where urgency is required, by Senate’s other committees.
Chair of Academic Senate (Chair)
Deputy Chair, Academic Senate
College Boards of Studies Chairs
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
2 of the elected members of Academic Senate, excluding ex-officio members, chosen by the Chair of Senate
Academic Senate has strategies to assure and enhance quality in processes and decisions.