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Education in the College

Review of teaching forums in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Marnie Hughes-Warrington released the report on the Review of Teaching Forums in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences on 27 September 2013.

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The College is the largest provider of undergraduate education in the University with more than 2500 equivalent full-time students. We have nearly 250 equivalent full-time graduate coursework students, and nearly 500 students enrolled in Higher Degree by Research programs.

Who manages education in the College?

Professor Paul Pickering
Dean and Director of the College
dean.cass@anu.edu.au

Dr Royston Gustavson
Associate Dean (Education)
assocdeaned.cass@anu.edu.au

Dr Ann Evans
Associate Dean (Research Training)
assocdeanrt.cass@anu.edu.au

Dr Johanna Rendle-Short
Associate Dean (Student Experience)
assocdeanst.cass@anu.edu.au

How are decisions about education made?

The Dean of the College carries ultimate responsibility for all decisions about educational matters in the College. She is advised by the Associate Deans, including the Associate Dean (Education), who chairs the College Education Committee and one of its sub-committees—the Coursework Committee. The other education sub-committee—the Higher Degree Research Committee—is chaired by the Associate Dean (Research Training). Each School in the College has its own committee, where important debates and conversations about teaching and learning take place. Recommendations from these School-based committees are taken forward by School representatives on the CEC. Members of the CEC come from both the academic and the professional staff of the College, including several Heads of School, from the student body, and from other Colleges of the University.

College Education Committee (CEC)

Members of the College Education Committee:

  • Monitor the quality of our programs through processes such as student evaluation and benchmarking.
  • Recommend to the University Education Committee the approval of academic programs and courses developed by the teaching Schools of the College.
  • Review the content of courses and ensure that their assessment complies with University and College policies.
  • Develop College rules governing education on topics such as extensions for assignments, word limits for assessment.   

Academic staff from the College and representatives of ANUSA are represented on the CEC and its subcommittees. The secretariat for the College Education Committee is provided by the Education Development Studio. The email address for the committee is CECandCCW.CASS@anu.edu.au.

How do we assure quality in education?

The College is committed to ensuring its education programs and teaching are of the highest quality. We do this by:

  • Seeking feedback on the quality of the teaching and learning experiences provided by the College from students, staff, and external advisors.
  • Asking students about their learning experiences.
  • Benchmarking our programs and student results against comparable universities nationally and internationally.
  • Conducting regular academic reviews of programs and Schools.
  • Maintaining an Education Development Studio which supports academic staff in curriculum design, using digital technology in innovative ways to enhance learning and teaching, and developing assessment tasks and learning outcomes.

What support is provided for those teaching in the College?

The College’s Education Development Studio (EDS) provides assistance for those teaching in the College: curriculum design, teaching quality, technology in education, prizes and grants, support for projects initiated by the Associate Dean (Education), and the College’s education committees, including the CASS Education Committee and the CASS Coursework Committee.

Updated:  23 June, 2017/Responsible Officer:  College Dean/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications