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Higher Education - Program Development and Closure Policy

1. Purpose

To ensure that the development and closure of CIT higher education programs is conducted in accordance with industry needs and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 including the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.

2. Scope

The development and closure of all higher education programs.

3. Principles

3.1 CIT will develop programs meeting the requirements of the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 where consistent with CIT's status as a Higher Education Provider registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CIT will develop qualifications from AQF level 5 to 8 as well as short course Statements of Attainment.

3.2 All program development and closure must follow the accepted processes as endorsed by the CIT Academic Council and be consistent with CIT’s strategic directions, education and training profile, and education philosophy and aims.

3.3 CIT will follow the accepted processes for consultation with external stakeholders such as universities, licensing bodies, industry partners or third party deliverers when ceasing to deliver a program.

3.4 All CIT higher education programs will be developed according to the requirements of the AQF and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011.

3.5 CIT will work with a university with which it has an existing agreement to develop innovative offerings as a first step before CIT decides to develop stand-alone higher education qualifications.

3.6 CIT will only develop higher education programs where there is documented evidence of clear demand (either established or emerging) from Australian industry.

3.7 CIT will only develop higher education programs in specialised areas where there is evidence of each of the following:

  1. CIT has, or can demonstrate it can develop, the teaching staff with the academic and professional expertise, the facilities and the learning and information resources required to deliver the program
  2. confirmation from a university that it will support the development process and be willing to recognise the qualification for articulation into post-graduate studies and/or an Honours year in the case of a degree, or articulation into degree studies in the case of an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma and Diploma
  3. where existing, confirmation from an industry/professional body that will support the development process and be willing to recognise the higher education qualification
  4. the proposed qualification does not duplicate qualifications offered by CIT's university partners.

3.8 If a higher education program is identified to be closed without replacement, the College must.

  1. investigate any possible effects that the change may have on students currently enrolled in the program including developing individual study plans to identify if complete or require transitioning to another provider
  2. cease entry for new enrolments and advise any delivery partners
  3. confirm articulation/transition pathways to another higher education provider to ensure all students have the opportunity to complete
  4. ensure staff consultation occurs in line with the requirements of the relevant Enterprise Agreement
  5. consider the needs of industry requirements, alternative providers, community needs and CIT resources
  6. consult with the International Student Unit regrading requirements of offers made to international students.

3.9 All affected students must be advised as soon as possible and assisted to complete the program of study within a designated period and/or be advised of options to transfer to an alternative or equivalent program (either within CIT or at another institute).

4. Documentation

5. Definitions

All terminology used in this policy is consistent with definitions in the CIT Definitions of Terms.

6. Policy Contact Officer

For more information about this policy contact Director, Education Services.

Contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email

7. Procedures

This policy is implemented through the CIT Academic Council.

Policy No: 2019/1377
Approved: September 2019
Next Review: September 2023
Category: Student Policies, Training Policies
Policy Owner: Executive Director, Education and Training Services

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