North East Scotland College has had an Academic Board for a considerable time. The Academic Board is in place to tender advice to the Principal or relating to the academic activities of the College. The Academic Board includes a number of people with specific cross-College roles relating to the curriculum and related services (who are 'ex officio' members by virtue of their posts) together with elected representatives.
Four sub-committees with specific remits report directly to, and support the Academic Board.
Learning and Teaching Development Committee
The Learning and Teaching Development Committee is responsible for ensuring that all students across the College experience learning and teaching of the highest quality. The Committee oversees developments in the delivery of the curriculum to effect continuous quality improvement, taking full account of government policy and pedagogical innovation.
Curriculum Approval Panel (CAP)
The Curriculum Approval Panel (CAP) is responsible for vetting new course proposals. All new full-time programmes must be considered and sanctioned by the CAP before the College can offer them. In each case the relevant Curriculum & Quality Manager has to provide a rationale for the programme and demonstrate that it will be financially viable and can be developed to an appropriate quality standard.
Quality Improvement and Assurance Sub-Committee
The Quality Improvement and Assurance Sub-Committee is responsible for the annual review of College provision and other aspects of quality and of College programmes and the services that support them. Every curriculum team must carry out self-evaluation of each programme and function each academic year. The process involves analysing the effectiveness of a given course using a range of performance indicators and other information. Courses that are considered not fit for purpose may need to be restructured or amended. Courses may be deleted on the advice of the Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee also identifies good and innovative practice in relation to course delivery, support services or the quality and effectiveness of self-evaluation and to disseminate this across the College.
Inclusiveness and Guidance Committee
The Inclusiveness and Guidance Committee monitors the guidance arrangements in place to meet the needs of the student body, and identifies areas for improvement and disseminates good practice approaches to inclusiveness.