Academic Governance

Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia has two principal governance bodies, the Board of Governors, and the Academic Board. The Board of Governors and the Academic Board normally meet three to four times a year, and if required Out of Session in extraordinary circumstances.

The Board of Governors is an officially constituted body which is governed by a Charter that outlines its roles, responsibilities, membership, and terms of reference.  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 at its meetings.

The Academic Board is a collegiate body. Its membership is comprised both of independent, and internal Whitehouse senior executive staff.  The Chair(s) of the campus-based Student Representative Councils(s) as well as senior Whitehouse staff may be invited to attend and present to the Academic Board, from time-to-time.

The Academic Board ratifies all policies and procedures dealing with academic matters, approves course curriculum and design, monitors academic scholarship and engagement, and approves any proposed changes to accredited courses.

The Academic Board also reviews student, graduate and staff satisfaction surveys and has the authority to act on a variety of academic matters including academic misconduct and grievances.

The Academic Board (via its Chair) reports to the Board of Governors on 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.