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Adelaide Central School of Art Incorporated: Renewal of Registration 25 August 2021

Renewal of registration

Report on renewal of registration of Adelaide Central School of Art Incorporated

On 25 August 2021 TEQSA:

  • renewed, under section 36 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act), the registration of Adelaide Central School of Art Incorporated in the category of Institute of Higher Education, for a period of four years until 25 August 2025.
  • imposed, under section 32 of the TEQSA Act, two conditions on the registration of Adelaide Central School of Art Incorporated.

Condition 1: Governance

By 1 December 2022, Adelaide Central School of Art Incorporated must:

    1. Engage a suitably qualified independent expert, with the agreement of TEQSA as to the identity and terms of reference of the expert, to undertake a review of ACSA's corporate governance arrangements, including:
      1. current version of the Rules of the School, including arrangements for ongoing membership and independent members
      2. terms of reference of the sub-committees, including responsibilities for monitoring and reporting to the governing body on risks, including academic risks, to the quality of the provider's higher education operations.
      3. implementation of Three-Year Action Plan improvements, including the external review of ACSA's risk management framework
      4. oversight of the entity's financial position and financial arrangements including loan and lease agreements.
    2. provide evidence of the Board of Governors response to the review report and implementation of any recommendations for improvements.

Condition 2: Academic leadership and scholarly activity

    1. By no later than 30 June 2022 Adelaide Central School of Art (ACSA) must appoint a suitably qualified person to the position, Head of Studies.
    2. By 31 December 2022, ACSA must obtain a report from an independent expert that considers the extent to which ACSA has implemented its scholarly activity framework and the extent to which ACSA academic staff with academic oversight, and those with teaching and supervisory responsibilities, meet the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework to:
      1. have appropriate qualifications and experience for their roles; and
      2. be engaged in continuing scholarship.
    3. Prior to engaging the reviewer to perform the review in paragraph 2, ACSA must obtain TEQSA's approval for the identity of the reviewer.

Main reasons for the decision

TEQSA made these decisions in light of risks that Adelaide Central School of Art Incorporated may not meet, or continue to meet, the following provisions of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021:

  1. Section 6.1 of Part A, in relation to corporate governance
  2. Section 6.2 of Part A, in relation to corporate monitoring and accountability
  3. Section 3.2 of Part A in relation to staffing
  4. Criteria 1.1 of Part B in relation to teaching staff scholarship activities

Application to withdraw conditions

In accordance with section 32 of the TEQSA Act, TEQSA may vary or revoke a condition imposed on the registration of a higher education provider, either on its own initiative, or upon application by the provider for variation or revocation.