USQ is responsible for setting standards in learning and teaching that are aligned with national guidelines. It does this within the framework of the University's:
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Benchmarking in learning and teaching is an evidence-based process that encourages comparisons with other organisations to enhance good practice. At USQ benchmarking is guided by:
USQ Guidelines for good teaching
USQ is committed to quality teaching to facilitate high quality outcomes for students. The USQ Guidelines for Teaching are designed to synthesise expectations about what good teaching means at USQ and ensure they accord with USQ policies and procedures.
USQ's standards in learning and teaching are frameworked by national and sectoral guidelines that provide minimum standards against which the University must report. USQ's standards are thus benchmarked against Australian and international reference points:
Australian reference points
Internationalisation quality agencies
International reference points
The Australian government requires that universities be accountable for standards. Accordingly, USQ was audited in 2002 and 2009 by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA). The 2009 focus was on USQ's quality processes, internationalisation, and program design and delivery.
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) was established this year to build on the strong foundation established by AUQA and operate with an extended brief.
TEQSA will oversee the development of strengthened quality assurance arrangements and protect the overall quality of the Australian higher education system. It will accredit providers, evaluate the performance of institutions and programs, encourage best practice, de-clutter current regulatory arrangements and provide greater national consistency.