Quality Enhancement

AQA's mission includes an objective to assist universities in facilitating excellent student experience and learning outcomes. AQA undertakes this quality enhancement role in a variety of way, including by identifying and commending national and international good practice in regard to academic quality assurance and quality enhancement.

Academic audits of New Zealand universities have a quality enhancement as well as a quality assurance purpose. Audit reports include commendations which identify good practices; these might in turn be an impetus for ongoing enhancement. Post-audit cycle summaries bring together common themes and good practice examples from each audit cycle. AQA has also contributed to a good practice database of commended practices in Australian and New Zealand universities. From 2013, AQA will be identifying relevant research and good practice in areas under each of the seven Academic Activity themes of the Cycle 5 audit framework. These resources will, in time, include good practice from New Zealand universities (as commended during Cycle 5 academic audits).

AQA facilitates regular workshops and meetings for New Zealand university staff involved in academic quality management. In May 2013, AQA held its first 'Support for Quality' Conference. The second Support for Quality conference was held in Wellington on 10 September 2014. The third conference was held in Wellington on 1 October 2015.