27 September 2011

Draft credit policy, credit transfer procedure and recognition of prior learning procedure

The above policy and procedures are now closed for comment.

The Recognition of prior learning and credit transfer policy is being reviewed in 2011 by the Academic Policy Unit in the Academic Registrar’s Group.

The current policy was approved in 2001 and has not been reviewed since 2007. As much has changed since that time, the primary objectives of the policy review are to:

  1. address the University’s experience of applying the current policy in practice; and
  2. respond to new external regulatory requirements.

To date, the existing policy, procedures, guidelines, and online information have been reviewed for currency and for compliance with the many new external legislative and regulatory requirements comprising the new policy framework for credit at RMIT. We have collected numerous issues, questions and problems for resolution, and consulted with key stakeholders.

On the basis of this work, the following texts have been produced:

  1. a draft Credit policy (PDF 70.5 KB, 7p)
  2. a draft Credit transfer procedure (PDF 55.2 KB, 6p); and
  3. a draft Recognition of prior learning procedure (PDF 65.3 KB, 7p).

The major changes to the policy texts are:

  • Clarification of terminology, which has been made consistent with the AQF and the AQF Qualifications Pathways Policy;
  • An improved policy structure, whereby:
    • the Credit policy outlines the principles governing the awarding of credit on the basis of formal, informal or non-formal learning;
    • the Credit transfer procedure sets out how a student applies for credit on the basis of formal learning, through credit transfer; and
    • the RPL procedure sets out how a student applies for credit on the basis of informal or non-formal learning, through an assessment of RPL.
  • The articulation of principles which had previously been absent from the policy. These principles have been drawn from:
    • the new external regulatory texts; and
    • precedents that have developed over time in response to credit queries fielded by the Academic Policy Unit.

All staff are invited to comment on the draft policy texts. Please provide your comments and suggestions to Ms Loredana Gibson, Senior Advisor, Academic Policy and Process Improvement, Academic Registrar’s Group at loredana.gibson@rmit.edu.au. by COB 21 October 2011