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Our Projects

Review of program approvals process

A Queensland university

The University had identified concerns that its program approval processes may have become overly layered, bureaucratic and too heavily focused on compliance. The aim was to identify ways to streamline the processes and make them more market-facing and flexible.

The project involved a sector-wide evaluation of academic planning policies and processes within Australian universities, followed by meetings with key University officials and a program of eight workshops facilitated by PKPA.  50 members of general staff and 71 members of academic staff participated in the workshops.

12 detailed recommendations were made for changes in approach and process, including changes to the responsibilities and accountabilities for decision-making. The key proposed shift was to move away from dependency on committee review to an approach based on individual empowerment and clear and new role responsibilities, accountabilities and delegations, while strengthening the essential aspects of peer review in the process.

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