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Diploma of Accounting: Re-accreditation 25 November 2015

Renewal of course accreditation

Report on renewal of accreditation of four higher education courses of study offered by Australian Institute of Business and Management Pty Ltd

A delegate of TEQSA has renewed the accreditation, under section 56 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Act 2011 (the TEQSA Act), of the following higher education courses of study offered by Australian Institute of Business and Management Pty Ltd for a period of five years until 25 November 2020:

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Diploma of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business (Management and Finance)
  • Diploma of Management

TEQSA has, under subsection 53(1) of the TEQSA Act, imposed three conditions on the accreditation of the above courses of study.

    Condition 1

    By 1 July 2016, Australian Institute of Business and Management Pty Ltd must provide TEQSA:

    1. comprehensive diagnostic analysis of the probable causes for observed rates and trends for student attrition, progression and minimum time completion rates and failure rates, for each of the four accredited higher education courses each year, for the period 2011 to 2014 inclusive. The analysis must include accurate data on student attrition, completion, progression and grade distribution and include analysis by:
      1. entry path (comparing students admitted under each entry pathway);
      2. credit awarded (comparing students admitted with no credit awarded with students admitted with credit for up to a third of the course and between a third and two thirds of the course);
      3. whether students are domestic or international students; and
      4. referral to and uptake of student support (including participation in formal study support programs).
    1. a copy of the minutes of the Academic Board meeting which record the Academic Board's response to the diagnostic analysis.

    Condition 2

    By 25 November 2016, Australian Institute of Business and Management Pty Ltd must provide to TEQSA evidence of the outcomes of a review of the following four courses of study:

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Diploma of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business (Management and Finance)
  • Diploma of Management

The review must include external representation and consider at a minimum:

  • course structure and coherency
  • alignment between unit assessment, unit learning outcomes, course learning outcomes and the requirements of the AQF
  • student performance data

The information provided to TEQSA must include:

  1. a copy of the review reports
  2. a copy of the minutes of an Academic Board meeting which record the Academic Board's response to the reports
  3. evidence of the implementation plan and/or action taken by the Academic Board in response to the review report.

Condition 3

By 25 November 2016, Australian Institute of Business and Management Pty Ltd must provide to TEQSA, evidence that demonstrates it benchmarks the academic standards intended to be achieved by students and the standards actually achieved by students in the course(s) of study against similar accredited courses of study offered by other higher education providers. This evidence is to include details of the courses and institutions selected for comparison and examples of action taken as a result of analysis of the data.

The course accreditation covers delivery at all Australian sites.

Main Reasons for the Decision

TEQSA considers that the decision to apply conditions to Australian Institute of Business and Management Pty Ltd's application for accreditation of four courses of study is consistent with the basic principles for regulation in Part 2 of the TEQSA Act, as Australian Institute of Business and Management Pty Ltd is at risk of not complying with a number of the Threshold Standards. TEQSA considers that the risks of non-compliance with the Threshold Standards involve a number of matters that may affect Australian Institute of Business and Management Pty Ltd's capacity to manage and deliver its higher education awards.

The broad issues which relate to the four courses include:

  1. Provider Course Accreditation Standards (PCAS) 1.7 in relation to course coherency and intellectual inquiry; and
  2. PCAS 5.4 and 5.6 in relation to course performance data collection and use and the progression and completion rates of its students; and
  3. PCAS 5.5 in relation to the benchmarking of academic standards.

Application to withdraw conditions

In accordance with Subsections 52(2) and 52(3) 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.