External Quality Audits
USP is a self-accrediting institution (SAI) and undertaking an External Quality Audit allows the University to assess the extent to which it is “fit for purpose” and is achieving its Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives. External audits are generally whole-of- institution audits based on an initial self-assessment and thereafter a site visit by a panel of auditors. External audits are evidence based and assist the university in determining changes for improvement and the way forward.
The first external audit of the University was conducted jointly in 2008 by the then Australian Universities Quality Audit (AUQA) and New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Agency (NZUAAU). In 2013 the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQANZ) undertook the second external audit. This was in line with the planned five yearly rolling schedule for audits.
Click here to view the 2013 AQA Closure Report.
The University did not engage in the next cycle of the AQA audit after acquiring initial accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) in the year 2018. The accreditation by WSCUC is a milestone achievement for the University as this provides further assurance of the quality of processes that ensure educational effectiveness.