New data on university graduate outcomes and experiences released today is part of the comprehensive higher education admissions transparency reforms.
Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new Graduate Outcomes Survey data published on the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website would assist in delivering clearer information on university entry standards and a one-stop shop for students looking for guidance on if and what to study.
The Turnbull Government accepted all 14 recommendations from the Higher Education Standards Panel following a review into higher education admissions throughout 2016 to tackle issues that families and students faced when considering further study.
The Higher Education Standards Panel, chaired by Professor Peter Shergold AC, made 14 recommendations including:
“These reforms are about clearing away the fog and double-speak that has clouded higher education admissions processes so prospective students can make well-informed decisions about if and what they want to study,” Birmingham said.
“We’ve heard too many stories about students who have changed courses, dropped out because they made the wrong choices about what to study, students who didn’t realise there were other entry pathways or who started a course with next to no idea of what they were signing themselves up for. Transparency and consistency in the admissions process will boost the quality of Australia’s graduates across all fields."
Birmingham has asked Professor Shergold and the Higher Education Standards Panel to continue their work to provide more information to students through examining what evidence-based strategies can be developed to better support students to succeed and how institutions can improve their practices to help boost course completion rates.