Release type: Media Release


Comment sought on university performance measures


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, today released three discussion papers, inviting public comment on the development of university performance measures.

Universities, students, staff and employers now have the chance to comment on how higher education performance should be measured and the outcomes made available to inform student choices through the MyUniversity website.

The discussion papers include:

  • Development of Performance Measurement Instruments in Higher Education – exploring the balance of performance measurement instruments, potential uses, deployment methods and participation and selection of students;
  • Review of the Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) – examining the strategic position of the AGS in its relationship with other survey instruments, administration methods, timeliness and capacity to measure the diversity in student experience; and
  • Assessment of Generic Skills – focusing on the development of an instrument appropriate for Australian universities in the context of the OECD’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) project.

“The papers consider the effectiveness of the new instruments, their ability to operate together coherently to obtain a comprehensive view of student experience and the quality of learning outcomes,” Senator Evans said.

“With the move to a student demand driven funding system, the Australian Government is strongly committed to ensuring that the growth in university enrolments is underpinned by a continued focus on quality.

“The Advancing Quality in Higher Education initiative, incorporating the development of the new performance measurement instruments, aims to improve outcomes for students.”

The Australian Government welcomes comment from interested parties on the issues raised in the three papers. The discussion papers can be found at: