Academic Governance

Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia has two governance bodies, the Board of Governors and the Academic Board. The Board of Governors has oversight of the operational, managerial and academic functions of the Institute.  The academic functions are delegated to the Academic Board which is chaired by an independent, external academic.  The Chair of the Academic Board is also a member of the Board of Governors, thereby ensuring that academic matters are reported to the Board of Governors on a regular basis.

The Academic Board is an officially constituted body which is governed by a Charter that outlines its roles, responsibilities, membership and terms of reference.  The Academic Board is comprised of three external Senior Academics, the Academic Director, Vice Academic Coordinator, an Academic Program Coordinator, the Quality Manager, the Vocational Education and Training Manager and Student Representatives. The Academic Board normally meets three to four times a year. The Academic Board ratifies all policies and procedures dealing with academic issues, approves course curriculum and design, monitors academic scholarship and engagement and approves any proposed changes to accredited courses. The Board also reviews student and staff satisfaction surveys and has the authority to act on a variety of academic matters including academic grievances. The current Chair of the Academic Board is Michele Scoufis.

The Academic Board is an independent and collegiate body composed of academic experts, (internal to Whitehouse and independent of Whitehouse), as well as staff and student representatives, established under the authority of the Board of Governors. It is empowered to report directly to the Board on all matters relating to, and affecting, the quality of educational programs offered by Whitehouse whether in Higher or Vocational Education, including any new or emerging issues that may arise. View the Academic Board Terms of Reference by following the below link.

For the Academic Board to function effectively as an independent body, and make credible judgments about the nature of the matters it reviews, its members collectively require academic and discipline-based expertise in relation to Higher Education and Vocational Education, as well as an understanding of the employment options available to Whitehouse graduates. View the list of academic board members by following the below link.