4 October 2013
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has announced details of a “reform agenda” drawing on the Review of Higher Education Regulation as well its own work to
- Cut ‘red tape’
- Speed up regulatory decisions
- Strengthen risk-based regulation
- Acknowledge strong higher education track records
- Maintain a “robust” approach.
Under TEQSA’s plans, there would be beefed-up case management for providers involving “greater dialogue” and streamlined approvals according to an institution’s level of risk.
“(A) provider with (a) strong accreditation record can expect major streamlining in new and existing courses, especially in core areas of strength (and there will be) shorter decision times in most cases,” TEQSA commissioner Michael Wells said at a briefing for institutions.
He said providers with a solid track record will benefit from “lower scrutiny” and have to meet “core requirements only”.