Annual Course Monitoring (ACM) triggers continual quality learning and teaching improvement strategies within the relevant course and/or College. ACM for Higher Education award and non-award courses generally commences in August/September with notification being provided to the ACM Course Leader.

The ACM Course Team reviews qualitative and quantitative data that leads to identification of specific ACM actions per course each year. ACM actions are developed to improve student satisfaction and outcomes, and must align to the VU Learning and Teaching Quality and Standards Framework. The ACM process is supported by the Academic Quality and Standards (AQS) team.

The VU annual course monitoring process:

  • applies to all applicable courses offered by, or on behalf of, VU in all domestic and off-shore locations
  • takes place approximately every 12 months but is not undertaken in the year the course undergoes a comprehensive course review or course re-accreditation process
  • takes into account course quality as experienced by all significant cohorts of students undertaking the course
  • takes place unless an extension or waiver is approved by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Students)
  • produces a VU Annual Course Monitoring Report which is approved by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Students) and proceeds to the Academic Board for noting
  • triggers continual quality improvement strategies within the relevant College and/or a course change proposal, as required.

The VU annual course monitoring process does not take place:

  • in the first year of delivery of a brand new course ie. a course that has no delivery history or course data
  • for teach out courses that are not replaced and have less than 10 enrolments
  • where an extension or waiver is approved by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Students).

The Courses Lifecycle Policy, specifically the Annual Monitoring of Courses Procedure, provides the policy basis to the ACM process.

This process is supported by theĀ ACM SharePoint Site and online form.