Adult Continuing Education Academic Standards Board

General purpose: 

The Academic Standards Board (Adult Continuing Education) is responsible to Academic Board for the adherence to university academic standards and regulations of all programmes delivered by/through the Centre for Adult Continuing Education, including all examination matters.

Reports to

Academic Board and Annual Report to Academic Council   

Terms of Reference:

  1. To consider the academic rigour and appropriateness of all proposed new academic programme developments (Stage 1 Outline Proposal) delivered by/through the Centre for Adult Continuing Education, and to submit such proposals as appropriate to Academic Board for approval within the university programme approval process[1].
  2. To approve full academic programme proposals (Stage 2 - Full Programme Approval) for Supplemental or Special Purpose awards. To receive and note reports from ACE programme approval panels and to take forward any actions as specified by the panel in relation to conditions or recommendations.  Having received and considered the report the Academic Standards Board shall include a summary of any action agreed in its regular report to Academic Board for information.
  3. To approve major and minor changes to the curriculum[2].
  4. To oversee the examination processes associated with the Centre for Adult Continuing Education ensuring that Examination Boards are properly constituted in line with University regulations and timetabled in line with Academic Board meetings.
  5. To recommend Chairpersons of Examination Boards for approval by Academic Board.
  6. To consider examination results and forward same to Academic Board for approval.
  7. To consider nominations for the appointment of External Examiners ensuring compliance with appointment procedures and to recommend nominations to the Academic Council External Examiner Sub-Committee for onward submission to the National University of Ireland (NUI) for approval.
  8. To consider the outcomes from External Examiner Reports and refer or take action as appropriate.
  9. To consider annually Programme Committee Reports and refer or take action as appropriate.
  10. To endorse Scholarships and Prizes as appropriate and forward to Academic Board for approval.
  11. To approve requests from students for exemptions, deferrals and withdrawals.
  12. To approve and promote progression pathways from Centre for Adult Continuing Education programmes to relevant full-time UCC programmes.
  13. To approve and promote the community outreach and access mission of the university, where relevant, through programmes delivered by the Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
  14. To consider and approve the appointment of teaching staff associated with Adult Continuing Education courses and programmes in consultation with the relevant academic unit of the University.
  15. To consider relevant university academic policies and regulations referred to it by Academic Council, Academic Board and/or other boards, committees, or offices of the university.
  16. To ensure student discipline issues adhere to University policy[3].
  17. It shall consult with relevant University Officers, as appropriate, in relation to specific items and issues of potential significant impact to the University (particularly in relation to resources).  

[1] Where necessary, in light of time constraints, decisions regarding stage 1 outline proposals to be submitted to Academic Board can be made by a group comprising Director - Centre for Adult Continuing Education, one academic member of the Board representing the College to which the proposal is linked and one academic member of the Board from a College other than the College to which the proposal is linked.

[2] In accordance with the Handbook Governing Academic Programme Development, Approval and Review 

[3] Such as Student Rules, Plagiarism Policy etc.

Frequency of Meetings

The Board shall meet at least 6 times per year and in addition as requested by the Director of ACE or directed by the Academic Board

Membership

Chair
Director, Centre for Adult Continuing Education

Dr Séamus Ó Tuama

Ex Officio: 

 

Vice President for Learning and Teaching
(or nominee)

Professor Paul McSweeney

Manager, Centre for Adult Continuing Education

Ms. Aideen Creedon 

Student Union x1

 

Head of Academic Programmes and Regulations or nominee

Ms Eleanor Fouhy
Ms Fiona Crowley

Business Development Officer (ACE) r

Ms. Lyndsey El Amoud

Adult and Community Education Officer (ACE)

Ms. Clíodhna O’Callaghan

Mature Student Officer

Ms Mary O’Sullivan

2 Centre for Adult Continuing Education co-ordinators (agreed from amongst the co-ordinators)

 

Ms. Deirdre O’Byrne

 

Ms. Christine Chascaide

4 academic staff (one from each College with Adult Education/Continuing Professional Development experience)

CACSSS

Professor Cathal O’Connell

CB&L

Dr Birgit Greiner

CSEFS

Ms Bridget Carroll

CM&H

Dr Kevin Cronin

4 academic staff (one from each College who shall normally be the Chair or nominee of the College Curriculum Development Committee or equivalent)

CACSSS

Dr Kevin Murray

CB&L

Professor John Mee

CSEFS

Vacant

CM&H

Dr John McCarthy

Co-opted members
Up to 3 members approved by Academic Board

 
   

Secretary to the Board
Provided by the Centre for Adult Continuing Education

Ms Mary O’Grady

Academic Council 19-06-15

Academic Affairs and Governance

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