A key goal of ANU by 2020 is that the University will be known for educational excellence.
Educational excellence means the provision of high-quality curriculum and approaches to learning and teaching. But it also means leadership in developing distinctive approaches to education that transform the lives of individuals and communities. This plan outlines how three major, distinctive expressions of ANU educational excellence might be achieved in a connected model of education:
- double degrees
- research-led education
- online education.
The University aims to transform national and global understandings of these three areas by challenging the boundaries that others might construct between the inside and outside of curriculum; research and education; high school and university; undergraduate and graduate education; education and further study and work; and the local, the national and the global. In short, the University's educational model reasserts the value of connection. This is what should be expected of an institution that others look at to learn, to teach, and to research and which aspires to be recognized for its educational achievements.
ANU by 2020 envisioned that this high-quality educational experience would be complemented by the provision and support of a wealth of "out of classroom" resources and opportunities. For this reason, the plan identifies three actions crucial to individual well-being, development and achievement: a high-achieving and inspired student population; supporting student access to ANU; supporting and meeting the needs of a diverse student population.
The intention of the plan is to integrate the various elements of student life, from first contact with the ANU, through an engaged period of program enrolment and study to award completion and ongoing engagement with ANU through being active members of ANU Alumni. This cohesive, whole of university approach to education will produce a life-changing, distinctively ANU experience for all involved whether they be students, academic or professional staff.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience)