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Diploma of Science: Re-accreditation 20 December 2019

Renewal of course accreditation

Report on renewal of accreditation of one higher education course of study offered by Sheridan College Inc.

On 20 December 2019, a delegate of TEQSA:

  • renewed, under section 56 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act), the accreditation of the following course offered by Sheridan College Inc., for a period of seven years until 20 December 2026:
    • Diploma of Science.
  • imposed, under section 53 of the TEQSA Act, three conditions on the accreditation of the Diploma of Science.
    • Condition 1: Revise Information for Students

      1.1. By 20 February 2020, Sheridan must revise all of its information/documentation to address the deficiencies identified by TEQSA in paragraphs 25, 26, 35 and 36(b) and (c) of the Assessment Report sent to the provider on 20 December 2019.

      1.2. By 20 February 2020, Sheridan must confirm these changes in a report to TEQSA that demonstrates Sheridan has made the changes specified.

      Condition2: Course Structure

      2.1. By 20 February 2020, Sheridan must revise all of its information/documentation to ensure that all of the course structure descriptions are aligned with the New Structure.

      2.2. By 20 February 2020, Sheridan must confirm these changes in a report to TEQSA that demonstrates Sheridan has made the changes specified.

      Condition 3: Facilities

      By 20 February 2020, Sheridan must provide evidence to demonstrate to TEQSA's satisfaction that all students enrolled in the Diploma of Science have reasonable access to the required laboratory facilities within a reasonable distance from the College.

    Main reasons for the decision

    TEQSA made these decisions in light of risks that the course submitted for renewal of accreditation by Sheridan College Inc. may not meet, or continue to meet, the following provisions of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015:

    1. Section 1.1 of Part A, in relation to admission requirements;
    2. Section 3.1 of Part A, in relation to course design;
    3. Section 3.3 of Part A, in relation to learning resources;
    4. Section 7.1 of Part A, in relation to representation; and
    5. Section 7.2 of Part A, in relation to information for prospective and current students.

    Application to withdraw conditions

    In accordance with section 53 of the TEQSA Act, TEQSA may vary or revoke a condition imposed on the accreditation of a higher education course of study, either on its own initiative, or upon application by the provider for variation or revocation.