Cycle 6 academic audit

The Guide to Cycle 6 is available here. A shorter, introductory guide is also available here.

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

  • Maintain an internationally referenced, cyclical, peer-review model of external quality assurance.
  • 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.
  • Maintain the scope of academic audit on teaching, learning, support and outcomes for students.
  • Build on and refresh the Cycle 5 academic audit framework (guideline statements) and further emphasise outcomes and the use of evidence.
  • 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”.
  • Audit universities 7-8 years after their Cycle 5 audit.
  • Include students or recent graduates in audit panels.
  • 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.
  • Develop audit reports to comment on outcomes and enhancement initiatives, as well as processes.
  • 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