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Criteria for programme approval and accreditation

The criteria for approval and accreditation of programmes are established under section 253 of the Education Act 1989. These criteria align programme approvals with the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. They were gazetted in July 2011.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority or any body exercising powers of approval and accreditation under the provisions of section 260(2) of the Education Act 1989, or the New Zealand Vice Chancellors’ Committee in exercising the power of approval and accreditation under the provisions of section 260(1) of the Education Act 1989, shall satisfy itself as to the standard and quality of every course for which approval and/or accreditation is sought in regard to the following criteria.

Category (a)All Applications Under Section 258 of the Act for Programme Approval

1.

Qualification to which the programme leads

The programme meets the definition of the applicable qualification type.

2.

Title, aims, learning outcomes and coherence

The title, aims, stated learning outcomes and coherence of the whole programme are adequate and appropriate and meet the graduate profile and specification of the qualification being listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

3.

Delivery methods

The delivery methods are adequate and appropriate, given the stated learning outcomes for the programme.

 

 

Where specific resources are necessary for the programme to be provided, those resources are clearly outlined.

4.

Acceptability of the programme

The programme is acceptable to the relevant academic, employer, industry, professional and other bodies or communities in terms of meeting its stated aims and learning outcomes, nomenclature, content and structure.

5.

Regulations

The regulations that specify requirements for admission, credit for previous study, recognition of prior learning, programme length and structure, integration of practical and work-based components, assessment procedures and normal progression within a programme are clear, relevant, and appropriate.

6.

Assessment

Assessment methodology is fair, valid, consistent and appropriate, given the stated learning outcomes.

7.

Self-assessment, and external evaluation and review

As part of the organisation’s participation in self-assessment and external evaluation and review, there are adequate and effective processes for the ongoing review of the programme, taking account of any review of the qualification; for monitoring the quality of outcomes for learners and other stakeholders; and for reviewing programme regulations and content.

Special Requirements Where Applicable

8.

Degrees and related qualifications

The links between research and the curriculum are clear, adequate, and effective.

Category (b)—All Applications Under Section 259 of the Act for Accreditation to Provide an Approved Programme

1.

Assessment

The organisation has the capability and capacity to ensure that assessment and moderation policies and processes are fair, valid, consistent and appropriate, given the stated learning outcomes.

2.

Resources

The organisation has the capability and capacity to support sustained delivery of the programme, in all delivery modes, with regard to appropriate academic staffing, teaching facilities, physical resources and support services.

3.

Self-assessment, and external evaluation and review

As part of the organisation’s participation in self-assessment, and external evaluation and review, there must be adequate and effective review of programme performance, and organisational capability to support the programme; monitoring improvement following evaluation and review; and processes for determining whether the programme shall continue to be delivered.

Special Requirements Where Applicable

4.

Degrees and related qualifications

Research facilities and the support of staff involved in research are adequate, the levels of research activity of staff involved in the programme are satisfactory, and the ways by which the research-teaching links are made in the curriculum are appropriate.

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