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Governance Framework for Distance Learning

Introduction

This governance framework establishes a structured approach for overseeing the delivery of distance learning programs at Next Gates. It details the roles and responsibilities of governance bodies, including the Board of Directors and the Distance Learning Committee, to ensure effective management, strategic alignment, and quality assurance across all distance learning offerings, not limited to specific qualifications.

Governance Structure

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors acts as the supreme governing body, committed to ensuring Next Gates provides high-quality, accessible, and industry-relevant qualifications through distance learning.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Set the strategic direction and priorities for all distance learning deliveries.
  • Approve policies and procedures impacting the academic and operational aspects of distance learning programs.
  • Ensure financial sustainability and authorize key investments in technology and infrastructure.
  • Oversee compliance with accreditation standards and other regulatory requirements for various qualifications.
  • Review and endorse partnerships and collaborations with external entities to enhance distance learning programs.

Distance Learning Committee

The Distance Learning Committee is tasked with addressing the specific strategic development and operational needs of distance learning programs across various qualifications.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Formulate strategies to broaden and improve the delivery of distance learning, ensuring they meet academic standards and industry demands.
  • Ensure the integration of distance learning programs into the center’s policies, processes, and structures.
  • Oversee quality assurance measures, such as course reviews, gathering student feedback, and engagement strategies, to uphold and enhance program quality.
  • Guide the selection and use of educational technologies that facilitate interactive and engaging learning experiences.
  • Coordinate with academic departments, IT teams, and student services to provide full support to distance learners, including academic advising and access to resources.
  • Develop guidelines for online assessments to maintain integrity across all qualifications.

Governance Processes

Meetings

  • Board of Directors: Meets bi-annually and as required to discuss strategic issues, assess program performance, and make pivotal decisions about distance learning offerings.
  • Distance Learning Committee: Convenes monthly to manage the operational details of distance learning and reports to the Board with suggestions, updates, and insights.

Reporting and Evaluation

  • An annual report compiled by the Distance Learning Committee for the Board, highlighting successes, challenges, and opportunities for improvement in distance learning.
  • Conduct an external review bi-annually with a panel of experts to ensure alignment with educational best practices and standards across various qualifications.

Continuous Improvement

  • Actively seek and incorporate feedback from students, faculty, and industry stakeholders into the strategic planning and continuous improvement of distance learning programs.
  • Perform a bi-annual review of the governance framework to adapt to new educational technologies, changing market demands, and evolving regulatory landscapes.

 

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