The Academic Board has the principal responsibility for the supervision and development of all academic activities of the University, including the maintenance of high standards in teaching and research.
The Academic Board determines all matters related to courses and subjects, admission and enrolment of students, and assessment and admission to degrees.
The Academic Board is also responsible for formulating and reviewing policies, rules, guidelines and procedures in relation to academic matters and playing an active role in assuring the quality of teaching, scholarship and research in the University. To be confident that the policy structures properly sustain academic quality and assurance and are appropriate to the University's needs, the Board monitors their implementation and effectiveness. Much of this monitoring is effected through Academic Board reviews. The review process is formative and collegial and aims to provide constructive feedback on the quality of a faculty's educational provision.
The Academic Board reports to Council and provides Council with appropriate and timely information on academic matters, including academic priorities and policies of the University, the Board's contribution to the academic aspects of the University's strategic plan and the maintenance of academic standards and any academic matters it considers to be of strategic importance.
Specifically, the Academic Board has delegated authority to:
- approve new courses and changes to existing courses;
- determine policy regarding programs of study and assessment;
- determine policy regarding admission, selection and enrolment of students;
- determine requirements to be satisfied by candidatesfor awards of degrees, diplomas and certificates;
- exercise the powers and perform the duties of a faculty for all courses not assigned to any faculty; and
- determine the terms and conditions of awards, scholarships and prizes and other forms of recognition governing academic matters.
The Academic Board is also the final appeal body within the University in all matters relating to students and their grievances against decisions made by University bodies or individual officers.
Terms of Reference and Membership
|Academic Programs Committee (APC)||Terms of Reference||Membership|
|Libraries and Academic Resources Committee (LARC)||Terms of Reference||Membership|
|Melbourne Custom Programs Committee (MCPC)||Terms of Reference||Membership|
|Research Higher Degrees Committee (RHDC)||Terms of Reference||Membership|
|RHDC Scholarships Sub-committee||Terms of Reference||Membership|
|Selection Procedures Committee (SPC)||Terms of Reference||Membership|
|Teaching and Learning Development Committee (TALDEC)||Terms of Reference||Membership|
|Teaching and Learning Quality Assurance Committee (TALQAC)||Terms of Reference||Membership|
Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS)
The Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) is a document issued to graduates by their awarding institution in addition to other documentation, such as the testamur and academic transcript.
The aim of the AHEGS is to describe a higher education qualification in a way that is easily understood, and which briefly explains the type and level of studies undertaken, together with information about awarding institution and the education system under which the qualification was awarded. Its intention is to provide graduates with an official document that can be used in Australia and internationally to provide employers with better understanding of Australian qualifications, and to enable graduates to be more mobile internationally.
Awards on the AHEGS
Various student achievements and awards approved by the Academic Board are listed on the AHEGS, in accordance with the Academic Transcripts, AHEGS and Testamurs Procedure.
A list of awards approved by the Academic Board for inclusion on the AHEGS is currently maintained by Student Administration.
Proposal for inclusion of student achievements and awards on the AHEGS
Faculties and graduate schools should submit a proposal for awards or student achievements to be included on the AHEGS to the Academic Secretary for consideration by the Academic Programs Committee or Research Higher Degrees Committee.
Resolutions on Selection
These Resolutions on Selection are resolutions of the Academic Board that specify the minimum entry requirements for a course and define selection instruments to be used by Selection Committees to determine which of the applicants eligible for selection will be selected.
These Resolutions on Selection should be read in conjunction with the following:
- Guidelines for the Interpretation of Resolution Selection
- Selection and Admission Policy
- Selection and Admission Procedure
- Academic Board Rules on the Use of Selection Instruments
English Language Requirements for Undergraduate Programs
1. The English language requirements for all undergraduate degrees and associate diplomas, Bachelor Honours degrees and concurrent diplomas can be met via any of the following ways.
1.1 For school-leavers from the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), either
- a study score of at least 25 in one of the VCE Unit 3/4 subjects English, English Language, or Literature; or
- a study score of at least 30 in the VCE Unit 3/4 subject English as an Additional Language
1.2 For locally qualified school-leavers other than from the VCE, performance levels in appropriate school English subjects that the Board has deemed comparable to the VCE standards and are published on the Future Students web page;
1.3 For school-leavers who are not locally qualified, but have completed a secondary qualification in a country where English is an official language, and for graduates of foundation studies programs conducted in English, performance levels in appropriate English subjects that the Board has approved and are published on the Future Students web page.
1.4 For school-leavers from countries where English is not an official language, performance levels in appropriate school English subjects that the Board has approved and are published on the Future Students web page.
1.5 Either within the last two years having satisfactorily completed at least first year of a tertiary course taught and assessed entirely in English, or within the last five years having satisfactorily completed at least a two year tertiary course taught and assessed entirely in English.
1.6 At a sitting within 24 months preceding the proposed date of commencement of enrolment, having obtained either:
- an overall band score of 6.5 or more in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test with no band less than 6.0,
- one of the following for the American Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
- 577 or more the paper based test, with 4.5 or more in the Test of Written English (TWE),
- 79 or more in the internet based test, and scores of 21 for writing; 18 for speaking; 13 for reading; and 13 for listening.
- a score prescribed by the Board for some other recognised English language test or English language program.
2. Any alternative English language qualification for undergraduate courses that the Board has approved will be published on the Future Students web page.
3. Applicants seeking to demonstrate English language competence via any of 1.1 to 1.4 who completed school more than two years before the proposed date of commencement in the program to which they are applying may be required to establish to the satisfaction of the Selection Committee that they have lived or worked primarily in an environment where English is widely used after completing school. If they are unable to establish this, the Selection Committee may require them to demonstrate English language competence via 1.6.
4. As Bachelor Honours programs are only entered after completion of 300 points of a Bachelor degree, and concurrent diplomas cannot be entered until the student has enrolled in a Bachelor degree, no specific English language requirements are needed, except for students with a Bachelor degree taught or assessed in a language other than English applying to enter Honours. For such students, 1.6 is the normal pathway.
- Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Business and Economics
- Melbourne Graduate School of Education
- Melbourne School of Engineering
- Melbourne Law School
- Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
- Melbourne Custom Programs
- Faculty of Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
- Research Higher Degrees
Academic Board Secretariat
T: 8344 7527
Secretary to the Academic Board. The Academic Secretary manages the operations and business of the Board and its committees in conjunction with the Academic Board officers. The Academic Secretary has particular responsibility for:
- coordinating and managing the business of the Board Managing the dissemination of Board decisions and academic policies and procedures and providing advice to University staff on Board operations and academic policy and procedure;
- the development and drafting of Board approved academic policy and procedure, including the ongoing review of related University legislation and ensuring appropriate provision is made for implementation of Board approved academic policy and procedure in the University;
- providing expert advice on University policy and procedures to the Academic Board Officers, the Chairs and members of committees, academic and professional staff;
- ensuring compliance with statutory, policy and other requirements across areas governed by the Academic Board; and
- assessing the implications of proposals for change and make recommendations as appropriate, having maintained an awareness of the external environment relevant to academic governance.
Academic Governance Officer
T: 8344 3801
Lydia undertakes research and analysis on a range of academic issues, preparing reports as required. She is responsible for drafting academic policy and procedure and providing advice on the interpretation and implementation of policy and procedure.