AQA provides external academic quality assurance for all New Zealand universities via a five-yearly cycle of audits. Key principles underpinning AQA academic audits are: peer review, evidence-based, externally benchmarked, and enhancement-led.
Cycle 5 audits of New Zealand universities will commence later this year. These audits will cover activities and quality assurance processes which might be expected as fundamental in a contemporary university of good standing. The Cycle 5 framework articulates these expectations in a series of guideline statements related to teaching and learning and student support. Further details can be found in our Cycle 5 Academic Audit Framework brochure (January 2013) and in the Cycle 5 Academic Audit Handbook for Universities (April 2013). The reports of all Cycle 4 (2008 - 2012) academic audits can be found here or in the Reports and Papers section of this website.
AQA 'Support for Quality' Conference 2013
On 1 May, AQA held a 'Support for Quality' Conference in Auckland. Preceded by a half-day workshop on Cycle 5 academic audits, the Conference included presentations and discussion sessions spanning a wide range of academic activity themes. The day was attended by representatives of all New Zealand universities, as well as participants from several universities and agencies in the Pacific. Keynote speaker, Professor Geoff Scott, engaged Conference attendees on the topic of 'Successful quality management and change leadership in 21st century higher education'. Click here for more photos and links to conference materials and presentations. [Photos by Laura Goudie]