The Workplace Learning Excellence Committee (WPLEC) (formerly UCEC)
The University Clinical Excellence Committee was established by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) in 2009. In 2011, Academic Senate approved (AS 11/161 30.11.11) that the terms of reference of the UCEC be amended and that it be called the Workplace Learning Excellence Committee (WPLEC).
The WPLEC is established as a sub-committee of the Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Committee to develop and oversee academic policies for workplace learning (WPL), to provide advice and make recommendations in relation to issues associated with WPL (such as risk and quality issues) and to provide a forum for debate about WPL at CSU on behalf of the CLTC.
The Workplace Learning Excellence Committee (WPLEC) meets quarterly and will receive items that are within its terms of reference.
The terms of reference of the committee are to:
- provide advice to the Academic Senate, through the CLTC, on principles and values for the management of WPL at CSU;
- receive and monitor annual reports on the quality of the conduct of WPL clinics at CSU from the management committees of the clinics, and provide advice to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Academic Senate (through CLTC) and Faculties on academic policies relating to the WPL clinics;
- develop and review policies relating to the conduct of WPL at CSU and recommend to CLTC that they be approved by Academic Senate;
- consider risk related issues associated with the conduct of WPL at CSU and submit recommendations to CLTC, and through it to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Academic Senate and Faculties, about the risks;
- receive reports that address 3 and 4 (above) from the Faculties, Schools, EFPI, WPLN, Sub Deans WPL and the management committees of University Clinics pertaining to the quality of the conduct of WPL associated with CSU courses;
- provide advice and recommendations, in consultation with the EFPI, Faculties and any other relevant parties, on issues which impact on the conduct of WPL and that have been referred to the Committee by Academic Senate, though the CLTC;
- provide a forum for discussion and debate of WPL issues at CSU.
Examples of items that can be referred to the Workplace Learning Excellence Committee (WPLEC) include:
- Proposed standards for the conduct of workplace learning in clinics;
- Policy initiated within Faculties, Divisions or other university committees that might impact on the conduct of the clinics;
- Identification of areas of risk relevant to the conduct of clinics;
- Plans for establishment of clinics or modifications to existing clinics;
- Information on the pedagogy and good practice in the conduct of clinic-based education;
- Reports of working parties that may impact on the conduct of clinics;
Items may be referred by:
- Academic Senate;
- University Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Committee;
- EFPI/Workplace learning network;
- Biosafety Committee, Radiation Safety Committee, Chemical Safety, and Occupational Health and Safety Clinics;
- Faculties and Divisions; and
- Academic and administrative staff of the university.
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