The Office of Academic Services empowers students to take responsibility for their educational experience. The office supports and challenges students through their decision making processes so they can become pro-active members of the Babson academic community.
The office provides students and faculty with the resources necessary to thrive in an integrated, competency-based curriculum. The Office of Academic Services assists students with academic and personal development through a variety of programs, including:
The Academic Registry is a professional support service enabling the TSTA’s Corporate Strategy and underpinning academic and student policy, by providing high quality assurance, enhancement, and management of programs and academic events. The Academic Registry works closely with the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Faculty Associate Pro Vice Chancellors Learning and Teaching, and is led by the Academic Registrar and supported by the Registry Senior Management Team. It comprises three robust and complementary service areas, which are described below.
The Academic Support service works with academic staff, applies policy, and uses relevant systems and processes for program management. It supports effective and co‐ordinated program activities – ranging from induction, program handbooks, fieldwork arrangements, assessment board planning and management, and liaison with external examiners. An important area of work is support for collaborative ventures partners in the day to day running of programs and assessment.
Business and Enterprise Services supports the TSTA to deliver its ambitious knowledge exchange strategy. TSTA’s collaborations with external organisations create specific impact from our research on the economy and society in general, diversify and increase our income across all business streams and improve the employability and employment of our graduates. Our work enables relevant professional development programs to be delivered to business partners and creates placement and volunteering opportunities for students.
The Academy has a good and new technical infrastructure. Free Internet is an important and useful service for students, as well as an internet lab that is available to students most of the time for research, printing, storage, retrieval and other technical services that students may need.
The IT Department provides all services and assistance to students free.
QUALITY AND TEACHING EXCELLENCE The Quality and Teaching Excellence team provides support to Faculties and Services through the development, approval, delivery, enhancement and review of all academic programs. This is underpinned by the TSTA’s Framework for Quality and Standards. The Approval and Review Team manages all program and module approvals, including all partnership developments and associated quality assurance; validation / franchise arrangements; dual / joint awards; and distance learning support centres. The team also supports on-going TSTA review and action planning, via Annual Program Monitoring and Periodic Review. The Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) Accreditations Team plans and co‐ordinates all accreditation events / activities and accreditation records maintenance. The team also coordinates preparatory work for accreditations, including collating / drafting documentation. The Governance and Enhancement Team supports Academic Board, and the TSTA Student Learning and Experience Committee and its sub-committees. The team also maintains and monitors TSTA Regulations (including assessment regulations and External Examiner reports / appointment); student engagement (via module and program feedback and the NSS); and supports enhancement activity, including the TSTA Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund and our Professional Recognition Scheme. The Academic Development Team comprises Academic Development Officers who provide strategic support and leadership for key areas of work which impact on TSTA quality and standards. See the Academic Registry Senior Team page for further information on Academic Development Officer Specialisms and contact details.
Registry Records and Returns is a section within Academic Registry which co-ordinates and organises a number of functions on a TSTA wide basis. These functions include:
Research and Innovation Services works with academic colleagues and with industry clients to create and apply knowledge for the benefit of society, culture and the economy. Specialist RIS staff support and promote the funding and management of research activity across the TSTA. The Department is comprised of two teams of professional staff: The Research team and the Grants and Contracts Team. In addition, specific support is also available within RIS for the commercialisation of research the Department also supports activities based at the TSTA’s flagship centre for design led innovation, INNOVATE@TSTA Design Centre.