Trimester Review - Call for submissions
TRIMESTER REVIEW LAUNCHED -
Call For Submissions
Have Your Say about Trimesters at UNEIn 2013 UNE enters its second year of offering three equivalent teaching periods, or trimesters. The introduction of trimesters in 2012 impacted on all facets of the academic, administrative, support and service activities of the University. The Project Plan for the introduction of trimesters included an evaluation of the implementation of the trimester system at the conclusion of the first cycle of its implementation. The Review will provide an assessment of the implementation of the trimester academic year at UNE, taking into account all aspects of the change management process, as well as the impact of trimesters on students, staff and the wider community. The review will provide recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor on changes to the University’s academic, administrative, support and service activities that will improve the functioning of trimesters at UNE. The Review will be led by Emeritus Professor Philip Clarke, formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Deakin University. Professor Clarke was also the Panel Chair for the 2009 AUQA Audit of UNE. Professor Clarke will be assisted by a review panel comprised of representatives of the UNE student body, academic and administrative staff, and the local Armidale business community. In addition to written submissions, the panel will undertake two days of public consultation on campus on 8 – 9 April, 2013.
SubmissionsSubmissions to the Review are now invited from all interested parties, including staff and students of the University, and external stakeholders. Comments previously provided by students and staff will be considered by the Review Panel. The Terms of Reference for the Review of Trimesters are below. Submissions should be received no later than 20 March 2013 Submissions can be made by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Trimester Review Office of the PVC (Students and Social Inclusion) PVC (Students and Social Inclusion) University of New England Armidale NSW 2351 Australia
- Eve Woodberry Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students and Social Inclusion)
Review of the First Year of Trimesters
Purpose of Review
In 2010 the Vice-Chancellor announced his intention to introduce an academic year at UNE based on three formal and equivalent teaching periods. In early 2011 the University adopted a trimester academic calendar model and commenced a change management process to support the adoption of this new calendar. In 2012 the University commenced its first year offering three equivalent teaching periods.
This has been a major change for the University, with impacts on all facets of its academic, administrative, support and service activities. In the report leading to the introduction of the trimester system, Reconceptualising the Academic Year: A Report into a Three-Teaching Period Year for the University of New England, it was recognized that any move to change the composition and length of the teaching year would involve significant changes which must be adequately managed and communicated by the University. For this reason, it was recognized that the University should undertake an evaluation process to review the implementation of the new academic year, and commit to build upon the findings of this review.
The Review will provide an assessment of the first full trimester academic year at UNE, taking into account all aspects of the change management process and implementation process as well as the impact of trimesters on students, staff and the wider community. The Review will provide recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor on changes (if any) to the University’s academic, administrative, support and service activities that will improve the functioning of trimesters at UNE.
Terms of Reference
The Review will evaluate:
1. The effectiveness of the change management process through which trimesters were introduced and implemented at UNE, including all phases of the project to date (consultation, planning, and implementation).
2. The impact of trimesters on students – student responses to the introduction of trimesters, methods of communicating the changes to students, specific student concerns, responses to student issues.
3. Any specific concerns of stakeholders and evidence of the impact of trimesters on:
a. teaching and learning, program delivery and the program offerings of the University; b. research; c. community and professional engagement; d. the activities of Directorates and student support services; and e. the local Armidale and district community. 4. The effectiveness of the University’s management of its human and other resources under a trimester system. 5. The effectiveness of the trimester system in achieving the University’s aim of improving flexibility for students and the impact of unit offerings in Trimester 3 2012 on the overall University load and financial growth. 6. The ongoing management of the University under a trimester system and any improvements that should be made.