Cycle 6 academic audits

The sixth cycle of academic audit for New Zealand universities has 10 components.  Cycle 6 will:

A. Maintain an internationally referenced, cyclical, peer-review model of external quality assurance.

B. Maintain a high-trust, enabling, relationship between the universities and AQA that recognises and respects universities’ responsibility and accountability for quality as well as AQA’s Terms of Reference and independence.

C. Maintain the scope of academic audit on teaching, learning, support and outcomes for students.

D. Build on and refresh the Cycle 5 academic audit framework (guideline statements) and further emphasise outcomes and the use of evidence.

E. Incorporate a thematic enhancement topic agreed by all universities that will address an issue that is both a strategic priority for universities and of national importance. The enhancement theme topic for Cycle 6 is “Access, outcomes and opportunity for Māori students and for Pasifika students”.

F. Audit universities 7-8 years after their Cycle 5 audit.

G. Include students or recent graduates in audit panels.

H. Amend the audit delivery method so that Panels spend more time together initially and that time spent at the university can be more targeted and require meeting with fewer individuals.

I. Develop audit reports to comment on outcomes and enhancement initiatives, as well as processes.

J. Include a public report on a university’s response to recommendations. A mid-cycle follow-up report on Cycle 5 recommendations will be introduced.

Further information on the development of Cycle 6 and its components can be found here, and further information on the Cycle 6 Enhancement Theme can be found here.

Key dates for Cycle 6 Academic Audit are:

Date

Enhancement theme

Audit

Ongoing Cycle 5

April 2017

Agreement on Cycle 6

Mid-cycle reports and good practice guides published

September 2017

First meeting of Steering Group

 

September 2017 – end 2019

Enhancement theme activities

Audit framework refreshed and guides published

2020

Self-reviews of progress as part of self-review activity

Self-reviews commence Auditor training

 

2021 - 2023

Progress assessed as part of audit

Cycle 6 audits

 

2024

Review

 

 

The indicative audit schedule for New Zealand universities is:

Sequence

University

Cycle 5 Report

Midcycle report

Cycle 6 Report

1

Auckland

Oct 2014

Oct 2018

Oct 2021

2

Victoria

Nov 2014

Nov 2018

Nov 2021

3

Massey

Feb 2014

June 2018

June 2022

4

Canterbury

Feb 2015

Feb 2019

Oct 2022

5

Waikato

Oct 2015

June 2019

Dec 2022

6

Lincoln

Dec 2016

June 2020

June 2023

7

Otago

Sept 2016

June 2020

Oct 2023

8

AUT

April 2016

Sept 2020

Dec 2023