Centre for Academic Planning and Quality Assurance
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Welcome to the Centre for ​Academic Planning and Quality Assurance

The Centre for Academic Planning and Quality Assurance (APQ) forms part of the Division for Learning and Teaching Enhancement (DLTE) at Stellenbosch University.

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Welcome by the Sentrum vir Akademiese Beplanning en Gehalteversekering

Die Sentrum vir Akademiese Beplanning en Gehalteversekering (ABG) vorm deel​ van die Afdeling vir Leer- en Onderrigverryking (ALOV) van die Universiteit van Stellenbosch.

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The Centre for Academic Planning and Quality Assurance :

  • Liaises with various higher education bodies in South Africa and interprets the policy environment within which the University functions.
  • Assists academics in curriculum planning, design and review, whether developing a new academic programme and/or modules, or reviewing, re-designing or renewing an existing academic programme and/or modules.
  • Manages the quality assurance cycle at the University, along with deans and responsibility cent​re heads, to ensure that all departments and support service division conduct self-evaluations, host peer review site visits, and implement quality enhancement actions.
  • Provides secretariat support to the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) and the Quality Committee (QC).​
  • Oversees institutional audits and national reviews, as well as other quality assurance and enhancement initiatives at the University, in collaboration with a multitude of partners, roleplayers and stakeholders. ​​​

APQ supports the entire quality continuum, to all​​ow for the quality assurance of the University’s everyday activities, while enhancing the quality of our academic offerings through three interrelated sub-sets:​


Quality Assur​​​ance​

The quality management system provides for the regular evaluation of academic departments and professional academic support services according to a fixed cycle for quality assurance and enhancement. The system also provides for the periodic review and renewal of faculties, organisational structures, and academic programmes and qualifications, taking into account the scheduling of national reviews, and evaluations conducted by professional bodies.​​

Academic Planning

Academic planning supports and facilitates the planning, approval, accreditation and registration of new academic programmes and modules, as well as substantial changes to existing programmes in collaboration with academics, academic support services and other roleplayers and stakeholders (e.g. professional bodies). Academic Planning supports the maintenance of the University’s Programme and Qualification Mix (PQM) and adheres to the CHE Framework and Criteria for Programme Accreditation (2004) for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Programme Review, Re-design and Renewal​

Programme review, re-design and renewal are three interrelated parts of an integrated process of continuous quality enhancement of existing programmes and modules. Programme and module review focus on making informed curriculum decisions using available data. Programme and module re-design and renewal focus on re-designing the programme and enhancing the teaching, learning and assessment practices in collaboration with other Centres in DLTE.​​​​