Appendix 3: Twinning arrangement – additional requirements

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Professional Accreditation Guidelines Australia and New Zealand

APPENDIX 3: TWINNING ARRANGEMENT – ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

For twinning arrangements, assessment of the program will focus on the following factors:

  • Approval
  • Equivalence of curriculum
  • Quality of instruction
  • Reliability of assessment
  • Adequate and accessible facilities.

Approval

  • Approval of each program by the higher education providers’ academic board (or equivalent body)
  • Approval by the relevant government authorities (if required).

Equivalence of curriculum

  • Advanced standing provisions that are aligned with the AQF Qualification Pathways Policy or equivalent NZQF policy.
  • Identical programs and teaching materials to those of the award granting higher education providers’ program, including minimum duration of program and equivalent teaching hours.

Quality of instruction

  • Well-qualified local lecturing and tutorial staff with at least a recognised bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to their teaching responsibilities
  • Adequate and timely feedback to students on defined tasks
  • Sufficient, appropriate, ongoing contributions by academic staff from the award granting higher education provider
  • Demonstrated evidence of learning outcomes.

Reliability of assessment

  • Control over assessment procedures (e.g. stringent security for exam papers) are monitored by the award granting higher education provider.
  • Minimum sixty per cent of continuous assessments (assignments, mid-semester tests, presentations etc.) are marked by staff from the award granting higher education provider
  • A sample of the continuous assessments marked by local staff are moderated by staff from the award granting higher education provider
  • Identical (or equivalent) exams and assignments are set by the award granting higher education provider and its staff
  • All final exam papers marked and moderated by staff from the award granting higher education provider.

Adequate and accessible facilities

  • Adequate teaching and staff facilities (classrooms and staff accommodation)
  • Adequate library facilities including relevant journal holdings, either on site or online (e.g. via the award granting higher education provider)
  • Adequate learning resources including access to computer facilities to support the program
  • If a program is delivered totally offshore, flexible learning support material must be provided (including adequate reading and reference material)
  • Online support from academic staff from the award granting higher education provider must also be available to local academic staff and students.