School reviews

ANU has a long history of academic excellence. Five-yearly independent reviews of academic schools and departments have been introduced to ensure continuous improvement in the quality of our research and teaching, underpinned by efficient and effective services.

The purpose of school reviews are to undertake an independent evidenced-based assessment to ensure the school’s activities contribute effectively to achieving the University’s Strategic Plan, recognise areas of excellence, and to identify opportunities and make recommendations on areas for improvement.

The table below provides hyperlinks to and descriptions of a range of documents and a procedure to support schools through the review process:

Document/Procedure Description
School review process and timeline (XLSX, 26 KB) Outlines when different stages of the review process should occur. The initial steps should be kicked-off 7-9 months prior to the on-site visit of the review panel and will continue through to reporting on the implementation plan 12 months following.
School review role statements (DOCX, 23 KB) A summary of the roles and responsibilities of each of the key roles in the review process.
School review terms of reference (DOCX, 25 KB) The standard Terms of Reference to be used as a guide when establishing the requirement for the School’s review.
School review self-evaluation report template (DOCX, 31 KB) Template for the school to complete their self-evaluation which will be provided to the panel.
School review site visit schedule template (DOCX, 18 KB) Template for the panel site visiting, including recommendation of who the panel should meet during their visit.
School review panel report template (DOCX, 55 KB) Template for the panel to complete the review report.
Procedure: Academic School or Department accreditation The procedure that supports the creation, regular and triggered review of, and disestablishment of schools and departments at ANU.

A standard data pack will guide the School’s self-evaluation and be provided to the panel. This data pack should be requested through review@anu.edu.au. Supplementary data may be included and should be discussed with the Deputy Director of Planning and Performance Measurement, Tracey McNicol on +61 2 6125 1232.