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Fresh employer and student satisfaction
surveys published today provide students with “more information than ever
before” to make informed decisions about what and where to study and what
prospective employers want.

 

Minister for Education and Training Simon
Birmingham said the surveys would allow students to apply and enter the higher
education system with “clear eyes” about the courses they were enrolling in and
the job opportunities once completed.

 

Minister Birmingham said the release for the
first time of the Employer Satisfaction Survey, the largest ever Australian
survey of employers of higher education graduates, would provide vital insight
for students and accompanied the second annual release of the Student
Experience Survey. 

 

“The Turnbull Government is determined to
drive increased accountability in our higher education system and is committed
to delivering greater transparency around how higher education institutions
perform and engage and support their students,” Minister Birmingham said.

 

“The more information that students can have
at their fingertips, the better decisions they can make when considering the
courses and careers they choose to embark on.

 

“Today’s results show an overwhelming number
of students and employers had positive experiences across the higher education
sector, highlighting that Australia delivers a world-class higher education
system.

 

“Students can now compare satisfaction rates
across a broader range of Australian higher education institutions and for the
first time today can also compare how those courses are viewed by their
prospective employers as part of a clearer picture of our higher education system.”

 

Minister Birmingham said the release of the
Student Experience and Employer Experience surveys came on top of the work the
Turnbull Government had already done through the Higher Education Standards
Panel and continued to deliver on the enhancement of the Quality Indicators for
Learning and Teaching (QILT) website.

 

“We will continue to enhance the QILT website
with additional information, and we are investing further in the initiative to
make sure that students have user-friendly, easy to access information to help
them make the right choices,” he said.

 

“The strengthening of QILT will provide
greater transparency for students to ensure they enrol in a course that they
have a high chance of seeing through but also demand more accountability of
universities for the students they take on.

 

“Universities must take responsibility for
those students they choose to enrol and ensure they have the capabilities and
support to succeed.

 

“The Turnbull Government wants to ‘shine a
light’ on the practices and habits that may be keeping students in the dark to
ensure they enter a course that is positively regarded by employers and the
institution they are applying to has delivered positive student satisfaction
levels.”

 

Results from the 2016 Student Experience
Survey and Employer Experience Survey can be found at: www.qilt.edu.au


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