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Role of Academic Senate

Academic Senate at Charles Sturt University is the peak academic decision making and quality assurance body of the University. It is a governance body rather than a procedural body. It is the custodian of the traditions of scholarship, academic discourse, collegiality and scholarly debate; most importantly, it must be involved in the formulation and maintenance of the University’s core institutional academic values. In a practical sense, it is also custodian of policy, process, quality control and institutional memory. It is a key place where issues affecting academic life can be discussed, and, if necessary, challenged.

The functions of Academic Senate derive from this model. In addition to the functions detailed in the By-law, the role and functions of Academic Senate are further defined in the Governance (Academic Senate) Rule 2006 No.6. These functions are listed below with examples of the ways in which they operate within the University. These are given as examples only and the operation of the functions should not be seen as being limited in any way by the examples listed.

(a) To advise the Council and the Vice-Chancellor on all matters relating to teaching, scholarship and research conducted at or in connection with the University

The type of advice provided for this function would be the provision of a considered view in relation to teaching, scholarship and research. The advice could be provided as a consequence of a request to the Academic Senate from the Council or the Vice-Chancellor or it could be advice initiated by the Academic Senate and provided to the Council or Vice-Chancellor.

Examples include;

(b) To ensure the high quality of teaching and learning within the University by developing and implementing appropriate policies The Academic Senate’s responsibility in this function is to make certain that teaching and learning activities in the University are of a high quality.

Examples include;

(c) To determine lists of graduands of the University specifying the award and the level of award that each of the graduands is to receive

In accordance with this function, Academic Senate is responsible for determining the list of all students who are deemed to have completed the requirements for the conferral of an award of the University. Academic Senate has delegated to the Deans of Faculty the responsibility for the compilation of the graduand list (following their approval that the graduands have completed all course requirements and are eligible to graduate).

(d) To advise the Vice-Chancellor on the teaching and research activities of the University and on the allocation of teaching and research responsibilities within the University’s faculties

The type of advice provided for this function would be the provision of a considered view in relation to teaching and research activities. The advice could be provided as a consequence of a request to the Academic Senate from the Vice-Chancellor or it could be advice initiated by the Academic Senate and provided to the Vice-Chancellor.

Examples include:

(e) To consider and report on all matters referred to it by the Council or the Vice-Chancellor

The Academic Senate’s responsibility in this function is to investigate any academic matters that may be referred to it.

Examples include:

(f) To make recommendations to the Council or the Vice-Chancellor about academic standards or facilities at the University

As the principal academic body of the University, the Academic Senate is responsible for assuring academic standards and ensuring that academic facilities meet course requirements.

Examples include:

(Academic Senate resolutions AS 09/67 and AS 09/167 of 27.5.09 and 2.12.09 refers)