The Academic Audit is a faculty-driven model of ongoing self-reflection, collaboration, teamwork and peer feedback. It is based on structured conversations among faculty, stakeholders and peer reviewers all focused on a common goal: to improve quality processes in teaching and learning and thus enhance student success. During the self-study phase of the Academic Audit, the faculty look at the key activities in place that regularly improve the quality of teaching and learning. Faculty members reflect on how they organize their work and how they use data to make decisions. The faculty may also note opportunities for improvement during this self-study phase and thus identify initiatives for improvement. These are undertaken during ensuing years. The Academic Audit model also involves a review by peers called the Academic Auditor Team. This team reviews a program’s self-study report, conducts a site visit, and writes its own report that includes commendations, affirmations and recommendations for continued improvement.
Academic Audit Outcomes:
1. A faculty-centered methodology that supports institutional effectiveness expectations
2. A thoroughly documented process that meets the requirements for Quality Assurance Funding
3. A process that sustains continuous quality improvement of teaching and learning