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Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology Pty Ltd: Re-registration 16 February 2017

Renewal of registration

Report on renewal of registration of the Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology Pty Ltd

 

TEQSA has renewed the registration as a higher education provider, under Section 36(1) of the TEQSA Act, of the Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology Pty Ltd, trading as Deakin College, for a period of four years to 16 February 2021 in the provider category of 'higher education provider'.

TEQSA has, under subsection 32(1) of the TEQSA Act, imposed two conditions on the registration of the Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology, trading as Deakin College:

Condition 1

By 30 June 2017, and by 31 March each year thereafter, Deakin College must provide a report on the previous academic year, demonstrating that the corporate governing body continues to exercise its responsibility to improve student performance throughout the period of registration.

a) The report should outline the board's responses and actions arising from its review of student performance. This should include, but not be limited to, review across student cohorts, supported by the evaluation of student support strategies, as informed by the recommendations of the academic governing body.

b) The report should be accompanied by an action plan, with an implementation timeline and measurable targets, through which year on year improvement to student performance is demonstrated across attrition, progress and completions.

Condition 2

By 30 June 2017, and by 31 March each year thereafter, Deakin College must provide a report on its academic workforce plan approved by the corporate governing body, in order to demonstrate its continued responsibility for ensuring an appropriately resourced academic workforce.

a) The report should include the response and actions arising from the corporate governing body's review of the academic workforce, including confirmation of the next year's academic resourcing allocation, as informed by the recommendations of the academic governing body.

b) The report should include, but not be limited to, the number of academic leaders (expressed as FTE) across all fields, resourcing for academic support outside of timetabled classes (expressed as FTE), student to staff ratio and mixture of academic staffing (expressed as ongoing / casual) for the previous year.

c) The report should demonstrate academic resourcing is appropriate to the pathway context, which requires a higher level of resourcing to ensure the varying needs of students are supported through the continuity and availability of academic and support staff.

Main Reasons for Decision

As part of the renewal of registration process, TEQSA has assessed the application against the Threshold Standards. The scope of the assessment included all its Australian sites and sites in Indonesia. TEQSA considers that the decision to apply conditions to the registration of the Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology Pty Ltd, trading as Deakin College, is consistent with the basic principles for regulation in Part 2 of the TEQSA Act, as the provider is at risk of not complying with a number of the Threshold Standards.

  • The broad issues which relate to the provider's registration include:

    a) Student performance

    b) Resourcing and improvement of academic workforce planning

    c) Senior academic leadership

    d) Student to staff ratio