Report arrives at important moment for ALC
12 January 2011
The Australian Universities Quality Agency [AUQA] Audit Report of the Australian Lutheran College [ALC], which was released on 12 January 2011, commends ALC for its culture of open intellectual enquiry, student-centred and holistic approach to learning and teaching, and for the quality of its graduates.
The report has come at an important moment for ALC as the College begins its new relationship as a Recognised Teaching Institution of the Melbourne College of Divinity [MCD].
The Löhe Memorial Library received special mention for its collection and customer service, as was the Board of Directors for its commitment to building a sustainable future for the College. The AUQA panel also identified a genuine commitment to fostering a culture of continuous quality improvement.
‘We are delighted to receive the nine commendations and five affirmations of the hard work of teaching and support staff to provide rigorous theological education that serves the needs of the church,’ said ALC Principal Pastor John Henderson.
‘The ten recommendations and the affirmations contained in the report will strengthen our efforts to provide students with the best possible learning journey. Through strategic planning and quality assurance processes, the report will help us strengthen our capacity as a deliverer of quality higher education,’ he said.
Over the coming months ALC will develop a formal response to the report as part of a continuing cycle of quality improvement.
The audit is part of regular quality audits required under the Higher Education Support Act, which allows students in non self-accrediting institutions to receive financial assistance for their tuition fees through the FEE-HELP program.
During the site visit in early October 2010 the audit panel met with over 60 internal and external stakeholders and students to assess ALC’s institutional actions and performance in relation to its stated objectives and the Quality Audit Factors developed in the higher education sector.
By special arrangement the AUQA audit was conducted in conjunction with the Melbourne College of Divinity, of which ALC became a Recognised Teaching Institution of the MCD in December 2010. It is significant that three of the recommendations specifically address this new arrangement and encourage ALC to make the most out of joining a consortium of theological schools.
Among other affirmations of ALC’s current goals and plans for the future, AUQA supported the aim of the Strategic Plan aim to develop a stronger research culture by developing a Centre for Theology, Research and Ethics, and urged ALC to become fully engaged in the Melbourne College of Divinity research community.
The full report can be read at http://auqa.edu.au/qualityaudit/nsai/.
Updated: 12/01/2011 [1.00]
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