The university’s Academic Affairs Committee is the University Board’s advisory and executive committee in matters pertaining to education at all levels of degrees. The committee shall initiate strategic development work and contribute to the discussion of educational issues at various levels of the organisation.
1. Strategic development
The committee shall
be an initiating and coordinating body in matters concerning the strategic development of UiA’s study programme portfolio, including further- and continuing education, and other strategic development work in the field of education
contribute to identifying strategic challenges in the field of education, based on annual quality reports from the faculties and the teacher education unit, and quantitative data on the study programmes
oversee the educational quality of the study programmes
contribute to strengthening the link between education and research
partake in developing the learning environment at UiA and cooperate with the Learning Environment Committee in matters that concern both committees
2. Statements to the University Board
The committee will submit statements to the University Board on the following issues:
changes to the Regulations relating to study programmes and examinations at UiA and Regulations regarding admission to study programmes and courses at UiA
changes to the Regulations relating to the philosphiae doctor (PhD) and doctor philosophiae (dr.philos.) degrees at UiA
changes to the quality system
the university’s annual education and research report
questions concerning the digitalisation of education
questions concerning internationalisation in the field of education
other matters of strategic importance in the field of education
3. Authority delegated by the University Board
The committee will make decisions in cases concerning:
guidelines for the activities of the Centre for Learning and Teaching and criteria for allocation of funds through the Program for Educational Quality
guidelines for accreditation and reaccreditation of study programmes
accreditation and reaccreditation of study programmes in accordance with delegation from the University Board
joint templates, forms etc. for use in quality work
instructions, guidelines and other supplementary regulations as well as decisions in individual cases on behalf of the University Board, pursuant to the Regulations relating to study programmes and examinations at the University of Agder and the Regulations regarding admission to study programmes and courses at the University of Agder
supplementary regulations pursuant to the Regulations relating to the degree of philosophiae doctor (PhD) at UiA
other cases by authority delegated by the University Board
4. Composition and term of office
The members of the committee are:
the Vice-rector for Education (leader)
one representative from the management at each faculty and the Teacher Education Unit (Dean/Vice-Dean for education/Head of Department/Head of Studies) with deputy member, appointed by the faculty/Teacher Education Unit
one employee in a technical/administrative position with a deputy member, appointed by the University Director upon a proposal from the faculties/Teacher Education Unit
two students with deputy members appointed by the Rector upon proposal from the Students’ Organisation
Representatives of the employees at UiA will be appointed for a period of four years. Student representatives will be appointed for one year.
Deputy memberships for faculty management and for Teacher Education Unit representatives and for employee in technical/administrative position are personal. Deputy memberships for student representatives are not personal.
The committee selects one member who chairs the meetings when the leader of the committee is absent.
The Vice-Rector for Research and Interdisciplinary Projects and the Research Director have the right to speak in matters concerning research education and the connection between education and research.
The Vice-Rector for External Relations and Innovation has the right to speak in matters within his/her mandate.
The leader of the Centre for Leaning and Teaching is a permanent observer with the right to speak.
The University Director, or the person authorised by the Director, functions as secretary to the committee.
5. Permission to delegate
The committee may delegate the authority to make decisions to the leader of the committee in the following cases:
Accreditation and reaccreditation of study programmes which do not lead to a degree
Approval of programme descriptions after significant changes
Minor changes to forms, templates etc.
Minor changes to supplementary regulations
Final decisions on matters that have been processed by the committee