CHARLES Sturt University has moved to assure students despite a regulatory authority finding severe shortcomings.
The Western Advocate reported a fortnight ago that the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) had identified a number of shortcomings in the university's regulatory systems, including academic risk management, student performance reporting and academic misconduct.
But in a statement to students, vice-chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the conditions would not impact current students or alumni in any way.
Professor Vann said the conditions of the registration "posed no risk" to the university's current operations and long-term viability.
"Our degrees and course accreditation are unaffected and remain valid and credible," he said.
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, however, has only granted the university a four-year extension of its registration with the standard re-registration being seven years.
The nation's regulatory authority has also set five strict conditions that the university must meet to ensure its future.
The conditions include academic misconduct, student performance reporting and academic risk management.
Professor Vann said the institution would continue to work closely with the regulator to address the conditions applied.
The university was originally barred from enrolling new students through its study centres with concerns over management and quality assurance.
The condition, however, has since been lifted after the university provided more information to TEQSA.
"TEQSA has stated publicly that requests for extension of registration periods can be considered once the regulator is satisfied with compliance," Professor Vann said.
In the meantime, Professor Vann said it was "business as usual" for teaching and learning delivery while they work on ensuring its academic governance processes are proven to be robust.
"We are always reviewing and improving what we do and how we do it to ensure the best outcomes for our students," he said.
"We are confident in the enhancements we have initiated and are now strengthening our approach to quality assurance through the development and implementation of a comprehensive Quality Assurance Framework."
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