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Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman

BA(Economics) MEc Macq.,CA ACIS
Director, Accreditation

H69 - Economics and Business Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 5030
Fax +61 2 9351 4567


Mark Freeman has been active leading and promoting student-centred learning and innovation within business higher education and professional practice for nearly thirty years. Currently Mark provides University of Sydney Business School leadership through his role as Director Accreditation. Prior roles included Director Centre to Advance Learning in Economics and Business and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching). Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Mark held various academic positions in finance and work-based learning at the University of Technology Sydney, as senior learning consultant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and as an accountant and financial analyst with CSR Limited. Mark has received multiple awards for excellence in teaching from University of Technology Sydney, the accounting and educational technology professions, peak body Business Higher Education Roundtable and the Australian government - most recently the AFAANZ 2013 Outstanding Contribution to Accounting and Finance Education Award. His research and innovation now primarily relate to learning and assessment, including benchmarking, to ensure graduates develop and achieve the appropriate capabilities.

Establishing the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Teaching and Learning Network in 2004 as Chair, Mark currently remains on the Executive. Appointed 2009 as inaugural Discipline Scholar, Mark led the Learning Networks strategy for Business, Management and Economics for the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Anticipating the new national higher education regulatory environment, he facilitated accounting as the first business discipline to set threshold learning standards in 2010. Appointed 2011 as ABDC Scholar, Mark facilitates business disciplines to assess, as well as set, minimum national learning standards for bachelor and coursework master degrees.

In addition to membership of several professional bodies, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia since working there in 2000-2002 on their Australasia-wide postgraduate professional program and Chartered Secretaries Australia since 1994 when he began writing course materials, Mark continues an ongoing relationship with the ICAA and CPA Australia particularly through the national academic standards projects. He is on the editorial boards of Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, the journal of the Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education and the International Journal of Management Education, the journal of the business subject centre of the UK Higher Education Academy. Mark acts as an ad hoc reviewer for a range of journals and conferences. As an ad hoc assessor for the Office for Learning and Teaching in the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and previously the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Mark reviews innovation projects seeking funding and applicants worthy of national recognition under the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Newsroom articles

  • Shaping the future of higher education 02 Jul 2013

    Chartered Accountants

    Mark Freeman, Director of Accreditations at the Business School, has been interviewed for an article on the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) by universities around the world.

  • Sage on the stage - your time is up 12 Jul 2012

    Times Higher Education

    Times Higher Education has reported Mark Freeman, director of accreditation at University of Sydney Business School, who has researched why higher education institutions do not do more to adopt innovative practices, even when there is strong evidence to demonstrate their benefits.

  • The job of upholding standards 28 May 2012

    Campus Review

    Campus Review has published an article co-written by University of Sydney Business School Director of Accreditation Mark Freeman and Jonathon Holmes, in which they discuss the disciplined approach to implementing and assessing academic programs.

  • Spot-checks on university marks urged 17 Apr 2012

    The Australian

    Mark Freeman, director of accreditation at the University of Sydney Business School, has been interviewed regarding minimum academic standards.

  • TEQSA risk judgement welcome 05 Mar 2012

    Campus Review

    Mark Freeman, Director Accreditation at the University of Sydney Business School, has co-authored a piece for the Campus Review, in which he argues that the providers have welcomed TEQSA's newly released regulatory risk framework as a good faith attempt, but remain concerned about any increase in administrative burden and the interpretation of risk information.

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Research Grants


Achievement matters: external peer review of accounting learning standards

Accounting is the first discipline seeking to collaboratively develop and implement a national model of expert peer review for benchmarking learning outcomes against nationally-agreed thresholds. This project is a critical next stage, building on the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards project (2010) and the pilot benchmarking project funded by the Australian Business Deans Council and accounting professional bodies, which is currently being undertaken by this research team. The proposed project will not only expand the latter to all other accounting degree providers, including private and TAFE providers, but importantly refine a model peer review process, that is inclusive, efficient, and supports rich, reliable, valid information that promotes capacity building, guides enhancement decisions and self-regulation. Benchmark evidence will be used for quality assurance (eg.TEQSA), and, importantly, for quality enhancement initiatives (eg. curriculum renewal). As other business disciplines set national standards, the model process developed in this project will be ideal for adoption. Professional learning is a third outcome.

Innovation & Development Program

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