TEQSA (The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency)

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is an independent regulatory and quality agency for higher education in Australia. TEQSA’s primary goal is to ensure all Australian higher education providers provide students with a high quality education.
James Cook University established a Standards Directorate in January 2013, and Lisa Westcott is the Director, Standards for JCU. In this role, Lisa leads James Cook University’s relationship and communications with TEQSA. She has a central role in managing the implementation and ongoing coordination of JCU’s compliance with the TEQSA Threshold Standards and works to support whole-of-institution alignment with the Standards.
TEQSA latest news , events, and details of consultations.
The most recent TEQSA briefing was 3 October 2013, and the presentations are available on this link. TEQSA also announced its reform agenda outline.

Documents from the 14 March 2013 TEQSA briefing.
Documents from the 3 October 2013 TEQSA briefing.

TEQSA

TEQSA registers providers and carries out evaluations of standards and performance against the Higher Education Standards Framework, which includes the Australian Qualifications Framework (see next section AQF).

TEQSA monitors the University’s performance against indicators listed in its Regulatory Risk Framework (RRF). The RRF will be reviewed and updated in 2014, and an update was presented at the October 2013 Provider Briefing: Future Direction of TEQSA’s Regulatory Risk Framework.

TEQSA Act 2011 and TEQSA Threshold Standards Framework
TEQSA – Material changes, revised policy September 2013
TEQSA - Frequently asked questions
Information paper-joint awards (where a single qualification is conferred by more than one provider).
Information paper-offshore regulation of awards.
Please direct enquires to Lisa Westcott, Director Standards or email standards@jcu.edu.au

AQF

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) regulates Australian education and training standards. All higher-education providers have to comply with the AQF, as it is part of TEQSA’s Threshold Standards.
About the AQF.
AQF – links to the 2nd edition, January 2013.
AQF Explanations – to assist with understanding the AQF.
AQF FAQs
JCU’s AQF implementation plan 2014
JCU’s AQF Implementation plan 2013
JCU AQF Information Sheets have been prepared to clarify AQF compliance issues

HESP

The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) is an expert Advisory Body established under the TEQSA Act 2011. The Panel has been established to provide independent advice to the Commonwealth Minister(s) responsible for tertiary education and research. The Panel “sees itself as custodian of standards for higher education and a voice for stakeholders of higher education provision in setting standards”.
HESPCommuniques.
HESP Responses to calls for comment:
Draft Standards for Course Design and Learning Outcomes.
Communique #9 outlines the feedback received on research standards.
JCU’s HESP Research Standards Submission

Resources

Di Booker and Victor Korobacz from the AQF visited JCU on 24 September 2013. The presentation is available online(video 1hour 46 minutes) for those who were unable to attend.

Lisa Westcott presented at JCU’s 2013 Teaching and Learning Conference. Her presentation outlined some of the changes experienced by academics in the regulatory environment. The presentation considered practical implications for courses and quality assurance. A pdf of the presentation is available. Other presentations in 2013 include:
Policy in Practice – subject outlines
Update for course coordinators

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause (UWS) visited JCU in May 2012. Her presentation was titled: You and the TEQSA Standards: What does it mean for you on Monday? [video 1 hr 16mins] and PPT. This workshop examined the TEQSA threshold standards as they relate to learning, teaching and curriculum design. It considered practical implications for quality assurance and enhancement across disciplines.

Mark Freeman visited JCU in August 2012 to share his experience of discipline learning standards in relation to the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Recording of presentation [81minutes]

2013 Course Performance Reporting Processes and forms (log-in):

Course Design, Approval and Review project

The scope of this project is to develop an academic framework for course design, approval and review at JCU. The academic framework will include a policy and an accompanying suite of procedures, forms and templates. Please visit our webpage for further details.

Director Standards

Lisa Westcott is the Director, Standards for JCU. In this role, Lisa will lead James Cook University’s relationship and communications with TEQSA. She will play a central role in managing the implementation and ongoing coordination of JCU’s compliance with the TEQSA Threshold Standards and will work to support whole-of-institution alignment with the Standards.
Contact the team:
Director: Lisa Westcott Email Lisa.westcott@jcu.edu.au Phone: 07 4232 1706
Executive Support Officer: Gill Cowden: standards@jcu.edu.au Phone: 07 4232 1526
Project Officer: Dr Linda Shallcross: standards@jcu.edu.au Phone 07 4232 1753
Administration Officer: Kylie Fantin: standards@jcu.edu.au Phone 07 4232 1120

Related links


Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
National Register of Higher Education Providers
My University website
IRU Calibration Project