Cycle 5 Academic Audit
A "Whole of Institution" Audit with a focus on teaching, learning and student support
The University of Waikato is undertaking the Cycle 5 Academic Audit in association with the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQA). The Cycle 5 Academic Audits of New Zealand universities commenced in the second half of 2013 and the indicative site visit timings are as follows:
Cycle 5 site visit
Published audit report
University of Auckland
Victoria University of Wellington
University of Waikato
University of Otago
The University of Waikato has undergone a period of significant change since the Cycle 4 Academic Audit in 2010 and the Cycle 5 Academic Audit is an opportunity for us to evaluate our self and demonstrate our strengths and progression. For more information on the purposes and objectives of the AQA Audit Cycles visit their website http://www.aqa.ac.nz/academic-audit.
Self-Review Portfolio development
August 2014 – April 2015
Self-Review Portfolio approved by the Academic Board for submission to AQA
Self-Review Portfolio and key documents submitted to AQA and members of the Audit Panel
11 May 2015
Site Visit planning meeting whereby the University will be advised of indicative programme and likely interviewees for the Site Visit.
14 July 2015
Site Visit schedule development in consultation with AQA.
Staff that will be involved in the Site Visit will be contacted with further information.
27 July 2015
Academic Audit Site Visit
17-21 August 2015
Academic Audit Report received from AQA
Informal feedback submitted to AQA six weeks after the report is released regarding recommendations and audit processes
12 month report on Audit outcomes submitted to AQA
The Self-Review Portfolio will comprise of a report plus key supporting documents and is being developed in accordance with the seven key Academic Activity Themes and 40 Guideline Statements. The Self-Review Portfolio will also outline the University's response to the Cycle 4 recommendations. For each key Academic Activity Theme, we will provide evidence to assure we are meeting our own expectations and the AQA Guideline statements. In reporting within each academic activity area, we will respond to the Guideline Statements by addressing the standard audit questions:
- What is our university's particular objective/commitment? (university expectations)
- What do we do to meet – or exceed – this objective/commitment? (verification)
- Do we succeed in meeting the expectation and our own objective/commitments? (quality assurance – evaluation)
- How do we know? (quality assurance - evidence)
- What are we going to do about it? (enhancement)
The University submitted its Self-Review Portfolio to AQA on 11 May 2015. The audit panel will review the Self-Review Portfolio and corresponding supporting documents focussing on the quality of our processes and activities prior to the site visit.
Academic Audit Panel Site Visit
The Academic Audit Panel Site Visit will be scheduled for August 2015 and usually takes place over three days. The aim of the site visit is to conduct interviews with an appropriate range of staff and students within the University. The panel will also use this time to read supplementary material and to consider and develop the report.
When the University receives confirmation of the Academic Audit Panel, further background information on the panel members will be provided via this website.
This website will updated on a regular basis as the University progresses with the development of the Self-Review Portfolio.
If you have any questions or concerns about the audit process, please contact the Project Manager, Cassandra Beattie, on firstname.lastname@example.org or ext 6050.