Manual of Policies and Procedures

C/3.6 Educational partnerships

Contact Officer

Director, Curriculum Quality and Standards

Approval Date

31/05/2021

Approval Authority

University Academic Board

Date of Next Review

01/06/2024

3.6.1 Purpose
3.6.2 Application
3.6.3 Roles and responsibilities
3.6.4 Educational partnership principles
3.6.5 Monitoring of educational partnerships
3.6.6 Termination of educational partnerships
3.6.7 Application of QUT policy
3.6.8 Definitions
Related Documents
Modification History

3.6.1 Purpose

QUT is responsible for ensuring that courses and non-award study delivered through educational partnerships meet the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021. This policy sets out the requirements governing educational partnerships entered into by QUT.

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3.6.2 Application

This policy applies to all formal educational partnerships between QUT, including:

  • courses, units and modules delivered through other parties by face-to-face instruction, online or a combination of face-to-face instruction and online; and
  • joint (C/3.2.6) and dual awards (C/3.2.7).

This policy does not apply to:

  • employment and consultancy arrangements
  • hosting of QUT curriculum on a third-party platform
  • student academic support services provided by third parties
  • research partnerships involving funding or collaboration
  • articulation agreements
  • work integrated learning agreements
  • scholarships; and
  • student exchange programs (I/1.6).

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3.6.3 Roles and responsibilities

Position
Responsibility

Provost

  • approves negotiations and contracts with a third party to create an educational partnership
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)
  • approves protocols made under this policy
  • reports to Provost on performance of courses, units and modules delivered through an educational partnership
Executive Deans and equivalents
  • ensure that the staff of the educational partner is suitably qualified
  • ensure academic standards and quality of outcomes of offerings
  • ensure QUT staff are supported appropriately in their work with the educational partner
Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching) and equivalents
  • facilitate working relationships between faculty and equivalents and educational partner
  • monitor course quality and teaching quality
Course coordinators and equivalents
  • provide leadership in course development and approval processes
  • monitor course quality and report through faculty processes
  • work with educational partner in matters that may impact upon student progression
Unit coordinators
  • develop units in conjunction with educational partner as required
  • prepare unit outline to reflect delivery with the educational partner
  • work with educational partner to foster students’ success in the unit
  • organise assessment materials
  • moderate the application of standards and quality of marking in the unit with the educational partner

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3.6.4 Educational partnership principles

QUT will enter into educational partnerships that:

  • support QUT’s strategic priories and enhance QUT’s brand
  • are based on a sustainable partnership, financial viability and managed business risk; and
  • deliver education and services of a quality and at a standard acceptable to QUT.

QUT will only enter into an educational partnership if it is satisfied that the educational partner’s commitment to quality is compatible with that of QUT and that all relevant requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021 will be met through the collaboration.

A collaboration between QUT and an educational partner to deliver award courses (wholly or partly) or non-award study must be governed by a contract that includes effective controls on the educational quality of delivery and must only be entered into after a credible and rigorous due diligence process in accordance with policy (A/1.6).

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3.6.5 Monitoring of educational partnerships

All educational partnerships must be reviewed annually as part of QUT’s quality assurance framework (C/4.6) to ensure that the partnership is operating as intended and within the terms of the contract. The report will be reviewed by the Provost.

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3.6.6 Termination of educational partnerships

Upon a decision that an educational partnership will not be continued, QUT will ensure that there is appropriate advice and arrangements for impacted students. If a course is discontinued, transition and teach-out plans must ensure that enrolled students are not disadvantaged.

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3.6.7 Application of QUT policy

Courses, units, modules and non-award study
Courses, units, modules and non-award study delivered through an educational partnership are subject to QUT policies for quality assurance and approval.

Students
Students in courses offered through an educational partnership are QUT students. QUT policies, protocols and procedures will apply to students enrolled in courses or units or in the non-award study delivered through educational partnerships.

Exceptions
Any exceptions to policy required to meet the needs of the educational partnership to assure the student experience, must be approved by the relevant governing body and be supported with a clear academic rationale.

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3.6.8 Definitions

Educational partnership means a contractual agreement between QUT and another party (in Australia or overseas) to deliver some or all of a QUT award course or non-award study on the behalf of QUT. Educational partnerships are third-party arrangements within section 26 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (Cth).

Educational partner means the domestic or international partner involved in the delivery of QUT award courses (either wholly or partly) or non-award study on the behalf of QUT.

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Related Documents

A/1.6 Management of contracts, deeds and memoranda of understanding

C/4.1 Curriculum design, approval and accreditation

C/4.6 Course quality assurance

C/4.7 Evaluation of courses, units, teaching and student experience

C/5.3 Academic integrity

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
31.05.21 All

University Academic Board

New policy

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