Higher Education Quality Given a Boost with National Regulator
Australia (News4us.com) August 02, 2011
Australian higher education today entered what is being described as a new era in quality.
The commencement of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is the key vehicle attributed to these new educational reforms.
Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, welcomed the establishment of TEQSA as a key reform of the Gillard Government’s agenda to transform Australia’s higher education system.
“TEQSA will be a new generation regulator, playing a pivotal role in ensuring the overall quality of our higher education system,” Senator Evans said.
Established as the new national regulator, ‘TEQSA’ is now the go to quality assurance agency for higher education.
This educational reform now Unites the regulatory functions and the quality assurance activities previously undertaken by the states and territories and the Australian Universities Quality Agency.
Culminating in greatly reducing the number of higher education regulatory and quality assurance bodies from nine to one.
“The implementation of a single national regulator for the higher education sector is a key step in improving the quality and consistency of higher education regulation around the nation,” Senator Evans said.
“It will see the foundations of the higher education system being based on quality, integrity and sustainability and will allow for universities and higher education provides to grow in response to their unique goals and missions.”
A new national framework will now be used to regulate providers and ensure higher education in Australia meets strict quality guidelines.
“This will provide the safeguards to ensure that growth does not come at the expense of quality,” Senator Evans said.
TEQSA’s regulatory approach has been developed based on extensive consultation with the states and territories and the higher education sector.
The Government expects to make an announcement about the permanent appointments to TEQSA shortly. Until that time, Professor Denise Bradley AC will act as TEQSA’s Chief Commissioner, following on from her role as Interim Chair, and Mr Ian Hawke will become an acting Commissioner, following on from his role as Interim CEO.
For further information visit www.teqsa.gov.au
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