The NIODA Academic Board of Governance (ABG) is the entity entrusted with academic leadership and governance at NIODA. Academic leadership and governance is concerned with guiding and steering all matters relating to the integrity and quality of teaching and learning activities, scholarship and research. The ABG is a permanent standing committee of the NIODA Board of Governance. The Board’s Academic Governance portfolio holder is an ex-officio member of the ABG.
The ABG fulfils its obligations for academic leadership and governance by taking responsibility for the following activities:
- Development and oversight of a teaching and learning plan, or similar, providing a road map for scholarship and pedagogical approaches across NIODA
- Development and oversight of strong academic quality assurance processes which support NIODA’s teaching, learning and research activities, including those required to meet external requirements such as professional standards, Higher Education Standards Framework - Threshold Standards and the Australian Qualifications Framework
- Development and oversight of academic policies and procedures that are regularly reviewed for consistency, currency and adequacy
- Ensuring effective course design and approval processes are in place and that established courses are monitored, reviewed and updated on a regular basis
- Regular monitoring of student performance and learning outcomes and reporting to the Board of Governance
- Regular use (and updating) of valid delegations by the academic board to any subcommittees or other bodies or senior academic leaders in the academic governance structure
- Development and oversight of scholarly activities to support staff scholarship
- Development and oversight of a timely and relevant professional development strategy
- Oversight of appropriate academic and student support services
- Regular monitoring and review of the effectiveness of the ABG
- Ensuring effective processes for induction and training of members of the ABG and its sub-committees
- Oversight and reporting of academic risk to the Board of Governance
- Ensuring appropriate academic standards are set and upheld
- Keeping informed and up-to-date with trends in tertiary education and higher education regulation in Australia, including maintaining links to TEQSA
- Building relationships with postgraduate courses in related fields in Australian and Overseas Universities for cross fertilisation and benchmarking purposes towards the maintenance of academic excellence
- Being acquainted with the network of Higher Education Providers, particularly those that deliver postgraduate education in related fields to the NIODA course, for cross fertilisation and benchmarking purposes towards the maintenance of academic excellence
- Building relationships with relevant industry and professional bodies to ensure industry relevance of the course and
- Disseminating information gained in the above activities throughout the NIODA Institute.
The Academic Board of Governance delegates authority to committees and individuals to assist in its work. A committee or individual operating under such delegation must report on its activities to the ABG at the times and in the manner the ABG directs.