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Students rate positive university experience

Ministers:

The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

Four out of five students gave their university a positive rating for the overall quality of their education last year.

The 2019 Student Experience Survey, released today, has revealed:

  • 78 per cent of undergraduate students gave their experience at university a positive rating, the lowest mark in the survey’s history but within two percentage points of the highest mark of 80 per cent.
  • 74 per cent of students reported a positive experience for student support, up from just 53 per cent when the survey began in 2012.
  • Rehabilitation (86%), Agriculture and environmental studies (84%) and Psychology (82%) had the highest proportion of positive ratings.
  • Dentistry (68%), Computing and information systems (72%) and Engineering (73%) had the fewest students rate the course a positive experience.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the survey results were a reminder to all universities to focus on the student experience.

"The Morrison Government introduced performance-based funding for universities to incentivise them to focus on the student," Mr Tehan said.

"We have made four student-centric measures the key drivers of our performance-based funding model: graduate employment outcomes, student success, student experience, and participation of Indigenous, low socio-economic status, and regional and remote students.

"I encourage all universities to look deeply at the results for their institution and continue to focus on how to improve the student experience.

"The Morrison Government is encouraging greater collaboration between universities and businesses on research innovation and workforce preparation to ensure our graduates have the job-ready skills to succeed in the modern economy."

The survey can be found at www.qilt.edu.au.