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Institutional Policies and Guidelines

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Stellenbosch University strives to contribute to society at large, through teaching. Excellence is the underlying value in all undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning programmes at the University. In the Strategic Framework (April 2000), the University's vision for the field of teaching is formulated as follows:​​​

A university characterised by quality teaching, by the constant rene​wal of teaching and learning programmes, and by the creation of effective opportunities for learning and ​study. 

This vision is complemented by one of the main aims of the University's Strategy for Teaching and Learning 2014 -2018:

…to give di​rection in achieving the aims set for this University to remain one of the leading universities in South Africa – also in the domain of teaching and learning.


Policy documents and reports that provide institutional guidance:

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The SU Teaching & Learning Poli​​cy:

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​Open this link for an infographic of the Teaching and Learning policy, with links to key paragraphs.


The following table contains a variety of institutional policy documents and reports, focusing on teaching and learni​​ng:

​​​​​​ Teaching & L​ea​rning Polic​y​
​​​Last Approved:
26 ​September​ 2018​​​
​Revision Date: 
​The Policy must be reviewed during its fifth year of operation. It may be reviewed earlier, or more than once during its period of operation, if the owner of the Policy considers it necessary.
Curator: 
​Senior Director: Learning and Teaching Enhancement ​​
​​Purp​ose/Brief: 

​To promote an enabling institutional environment where quality teaching and learning can flourish across the student body, the academic staff cohort, support services divisions and management bodies.​​
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​​Assessment Policy
​​Last Approved:
2012
​Revision Date: 
​Currently under review
Curator: 
Centre for Teaching and Learning ​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
​To provide a framework within which assessment practices can be valid, reliable and justifiable, and can be directed and evaluated within faculties based on clear criteria.​​

​​Implementation Plan for Flexible Assessment​
​​Last Approved:
11 March 2016​
​Revision Date: 
​Currently under review
Curator: 
​Centre for Teaching and Learning ​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
​To describe the proposed SU assessment approach, which will allow for the current three systems to be kept under the umbrella of two main assessment systems, as well as the roll-out of this plan in terms of implementation dates, roles and responsibilities.​
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​​​Early Assessment: Protocol​​
​​Last Approved:
2008/2009​
​Revision Date: 
2017
Curator: 
Student Affairs ​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
​To explain the early assessment (EA) system, and to answer some of the questions about this initiative.  EA is described in the First-year Academy report as tests or any other method of assessment that can give a good indication of which students might be high-risk cases in certain modules, to ensure that the required help and support is provided early enough. This description thus also explains the purpose of the early assessment process.​
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​​Fund for Innovation and Research into Learning and Teaching​
​​Last Approved:
November 2004
​Revision Date: 
Ongoing approval at the Committee for Learning and Teaching.​
Curator: 
Centre for Teaching and Learning ​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
​To provide guidelines for FIRLT funding allocation and management. FIRLT is aimed at providing financial assistance to promote innovation in T&L, to promote effective teaching, to demonstrate the value of teaching, and to promote a research-based approach to T&L.​​​
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​​Guidelines Relating To SU's Extended Degree Programmes (EDP​​)​
​​Last Approved:
2010
​Revision Date: 

Curator: 
Student Affairs ​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
​To conceptualise, operationalise and manage EDP programmes in alignment with the University's mission.​​​
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​​Guideline Document for Academic Literacy at SU​​
​​Last Approved:
2012
​Revision Date: 
​Currently under revision.
Curator: 
VR(L​&T) ​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
​To provide an inclusive working definition of academic literacy which will aid the University and programme designers to plan for the realization of this aspect of the SU Graduate Attributes; to suggest guidelines for how academic literacy could be fostered in the University’s teaching and learning programmes; and to indicate where and how this approach should be supported.​
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​​Information literacy training framework​
​​Last Approved:
September 2014
​Revision Date: 

Curator: 
Library and Information Service ​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
To describe the development of different levels of students' information literacy competency. To articulate broad principles and ways of integrating information skills into teaching and learning. The collaboration by the library with academic- and support services staff fosters innovative programs for expanding information skills. ​

​​Internal And External Moderation and the Processing of Results
​​Last Approved:
August / September 2014
​Revision Date: 
2019
Curator: 
Institutional Research and Planning ​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
​​To ensure that standard practices are followed about peer evaluation (via internal and/or moderation) in all modules and programmes.
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​​Policy on Teaching and Learning M​aterials​
​​Last Approved:
June 2007
​Revision Date: 
Currently under revision 
Curator: 
Centre for Teaching and Learning​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
​To champion the use of teaching and learning materials in such a way that quality learning, as envisioned in the Learning and Teaching Policy (2006), is promoted at Stellenbosch University.
To ensure that adequate and appropriate measures exist to support lecturers in the achievement of the ideals embodied in this policy. To ensure that the University meets national regulatory requirements, including those of the Higher Education Quality Committee.​​​​

​​Plagiarism Policy​​
​​Last Approved:
2016
​Revision Date: 
2021 
Curator: 
Research Development​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
To ensure that mechanisms are in place to enable staff and students to promote academic integrity and eliminate plagiarism.
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​​SU Procedure for the investigation and management of allegations of plagiarism​
​​Last Approved:
2016
​Revision Date: 
2021 
Curator: 
Research Development​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
To ensure that plagiarism cases are dealt with consistently and fairly.​
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​​Regulation for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT)​
​​Last Approved:
2017
​Revision Date: 
Every five years 
Curator: 
Vice-Rector (Learning and Teaching)​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
To provide a quality assurance framework for the recognition of prior informal and non-formal learning within RPL, as well as of formal learning within CAT​​​​.
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​​Responsibilities o​f Programme Committee Chairs and Coordinators​
​​Last Approved:
August 2004
​Revision Date: 
Currently under revision 
Curator: 
Institutional Research and Planning​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
​To provide guidelines for the management of the quality assurance of T&L programmes at faculty level.​
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​​Strategy for Teaching and Learning​​
​​Last Approved:
2017
​Revision Date: 
2021 
Curator: 
Centre for Teaching and Learning​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
To formulate the SU graduate attributes and to provide for operationalising the vision and strategic priorities for teaching and learning.​

​​Strategy for Using ICT i​n Teaching and Learning​
​​Last Approved:
2013
​Revision Date: 

Curator: 
Centre for Learning​​ Technologies
​​Purpose/Brief: 
To formulate a vision and strategy for the effective and efficient utilisation of ICTs in teaching and learning.​
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​​Student Feedback​ Policy
​​Last Approved:
2008
​Revision Date: 
Currently under revision 
Curator: 
Centre for Teaching and Learning​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
​To provide detailed regulations about obtaining and utilising student feedback. Student feedback is aimed at the support and promotion of quality teaching at SU. ​
​​Rules for obtaining and utilising student feedback about programmes, modules and lecturers
​​Last Approved:
2008
​Revision Date: 
Currently under revision 
Curator: 
Centre for Teaching and Learning​​
​​Purpose/Brief: 
​To provide detailed regulations about obtaining and utilising student feedback. Student feedback is aimed at the support and promotion of quality teaching at SU. ​
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​​Success of Top Athletes​
​​Last Approved:
2016
​Revision Date: 

Curator: 
Maties Sport
​​Purpose/Brief: 
To ​establish principles and provisions for the formal acknowledgement of the performance of top student-athletes in the co-curriculum and to offer academic support.​
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​​Regulation for the Committee for Learning and Teaching​​
​​Last Approved:
June 2017
​Revision Date: 
Currently under revision 
Curator: 
Vice Rector (Learning and Teaching)
​​Purpose/Brief: 
To provide Senate with oversight, advice and promotion on matters of teaching and learning, promotion of student success, student assessment, examinations & promotions, professional development & support to lecturers and First-year Academy.
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