As the higher education sector’s regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is actively engaged with the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA). It was in that context that it was great that the new TEQSA Chief Executive, Alistair Maclean, met with the ITECA membership in early October 2020.
Key Issues —
Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit Australian shores, TEQSA pivoted quickly to support the ITECA membership's response to the pandemic's adverse impact. The regulator has maintained contact with the independent higher education sector providers to understand the challenges they face. The nature of this response was discussed in the meeting with Mr Maclean.
With other senior TEQSA staff at the meeting, ITECA members canvassed a number of key issues, including the public release of the new TEQSA tookit to assist independent higher education providers promote academic integrity and address contract cheating.
The meeting came as a new TEQSA report identified improvements in the transparency of higher education admissions information and also published its annual report.
Of interest to independent higher education providers is TEQSA’s current dialogue with the sector on its approach to assessing whether claims of scholarship and scholarly activity in higher education adequate.
The relationship between TEQSA and ITECA is underpinned by a memorandum of understanding between the two bodies. This establishes a framework for both organisations to reflects a progress a shared commitment to protect the interests of students and the reputation of Australia's higher education sector more broadly.
Getting Involved —
Members in the higher education sector play a lead role in setting the framework for ITECA's engagement with TEQSA through their participation in the ITECA Higher Education Reference Group. ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.
Further Information —
If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA team would value the opportunity to talk to you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 1300 421 017. Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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