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Master of Leadership Practice: Accreditation 1 February 2019

Course accreditation

Report on accreditation of four higher education courses of study offered by Australian College of Christian Studies Ltd

On 01 February 2019, a delegate of TEQSA:

  • accredited, under section 49 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act), the following courses offered by Australian College of Christian Studies Ltd, for a period of seven years until 01 February 2026:
    • Master of Arts (Leadership Practice)
    • Master of Arts (Theology)
    • Graduate Certificate of Arts
    • Graduate Diploma of Arts
  • imposed, under section 53 of the TEQSA Act, two conditions on the accreditation of the Master of Arts (Leadership Practice), Master of Arts (Theology), Graduate Certificate of Arts and Graduate Diploma of Arts.

Condition 1: Course Assurance

At least one month prior to commencing delivery of the Master of Arts (Leadership Practice), Master of Arts (Theology), Graduate Certificate of Arts and Graduate Diploma of Arts, Australian College of Christian Studies Ltd (ACCS) must provide TEQSA with evidence that it has course assurance safeguards to mitigate disadvantage to students who are unable to progress in a course of study due to unexpected changes to the higher education provider's operations. This evidence must include:

  1. the mechanism by which ACCS will facilitate students to transfer to a comparable course of study, with full credit or (where this is not possible) with an explanation of why particular units are so specialised in nature that full credit is not possible. The replacement courses must meet the following requirements:
    1. the course must lead to the same or comparable qualification as the original course
    2. the mode of delivery of the replacement course must be the same as or, with the student's consent, similar to the mode of delivery for the original course
    3. the location of the replacement course must be reasonable, having regard to the costs of, and the time required for, a student's travel
    4. the student will not incur additional fees that are unreasonable and will be able to attend the replacement course without unreasonable impacts on the student's prior commitments.

Condition 2: Course Approval and Accreditation

Prior to the delivery of the Master of Arts (Leadership Practice), Master of Arts (Theology), Graduate Certificate of Arts and Graduate Diploma of Arts and to the satisfaction of TEQSA, Australian College of Christian Studies Ltd must provide TEQSA with evidence that processes are in place to monitor the continued accessibility and availability of the learning resources and educational support resources needed by student in order to achieve the learning outcomes of the course.

TEQSA requests that prior to delivery of the courses and to the satisfaction of TEQSA, Australian College of Christian Studies Ltd (ACCS) provide evidence that ACCS has a subscription to EBSCO.

Main reasons for the decision

TEQSA made these decisions in light of risks that the courses submitted by Australian College of Christian Studies Ltd may not meet, or continue to meet, the following provisions of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015:

  1. Sections 5.1 and 6.2 of Part A, in relation to:
    1. Course approval and accreditation
    2. Corporate monitoring and accountability

TEQSA's assessment considered Australian College of Christian Studies Ltd's arrangements for delivery at all Australian sites.