Those who keep a watchful eye on the Quality Indicators for L&T (QILT) website will have noted that the 2017 Student Experience Survey (SES) National Report was released this week. This data is collected by the Social Research Centre from current first and final year students in Associate Degrees, UG and PG qualifications. RMIT supplements this information by surveying middle year students as well, but this data is not included in the QILT report.

The report cuts the data in multiple ways – including by field of study. The report shows that sector-wide UG ITE has seen declines on all reported measures between 2016 and 2017. I look forward to seeing the specific SoE data and sharing with you when available.

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From 2020, university funding will be in part dependent on these metrics. In a report in The Age, Senator Birmingham noted that student satisfaction would be part of the mix to determine how much extra funding universities receive after 2020.

“Our focus on improving outcomes for students is precisely why we want to link a degree of university funding growth to performance outcomes from 2020,” he told Fairfax Media.

“By incentivising universities to focus on areas such as student satisfaction and experience, we should see better outcomes for graduates and employers and better value for taxpayers.”

These metrics are going to be increasingly important. I look forward to continued work with Thembi and Victoria to review all our student feedback data and share this across the school.

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