Enhancements to the QILT website

Tuesday 3 May 2016

News

Upholding Quality – Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

As part of the 2016-17 Budget, the Government announced an additional $8.1 million to enhance the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website www.qilt.edu.au

The QILT website supports the quality of learning and teaching in Australian higher education and ensures students have access to transparent and comparable information. QILT helps students and their families make informed choices about their higher education study options by bringing together survey data from all Australian higher education institutions about student’s experiences and graduate job outcomes.

Improved content on the QILT website will support student access to information about:

  • additional course information including fees

  • information on course entry requirements (subject to recommendations from the Higher Education Standards Panel which will be delivered to the Minister for Education and Training in late 2016), and

  • future earnings data from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and the Australian Government Actuary (AGA).

In addition, a mobile app will be developed that will provide students with the ability to compare courses across Australian universities and non-university higher education institutions.

What’s next

From 2016, the surveys underpinning QILT will include:

  • annual administration of the Student Experience Survey measuring current students’ study experience and satisfaction levels.

  • the newly developed Graduate Outcomes Survey, examining labour market outcomes of newly qualified higher education graduates. A longitudinal component of the GOS has also been developed, examining labour market outcomes of graduates up to three years after course completion.

  • further development of a new Employer Satisfaction Survey to assess the generic skills, technical skills and work readiness of graduates. The survey aims for the first time to enable employer feedback linked to a graduate’s specific higher education institution and study area.

Background

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching was established based on recommendations for the Development of Performance Measurement Instrument by the Advancing Quality in Higher Education Reference Group, chaired by Professor Ian O’Connor, Vice-Chancellor, Griffith University. Other members of the Working Group include:

  • Emeritus Professor Alan Robson, Member of the Higher Education Standards Panel

  • Professor Richard James, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the University of Melbourne

  • Ms Sue Mikilewicz, Director, Planning and Institutional Performance, University of South Australia

  • Dr Scott Dickson, Dean of Navitas Professional Institute

  • Ms Megan Kirchner, Policy Director at the Business Council of Australia (BCA)

  • Ms Jenny Lambert, Director, Employment Education and Training at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

Development of Performance Measures - Report of the Advancing Quality in Higher Education Reference Group

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching is administered by the Social Research Centre under contract to the Department of Education and Training. This contract was awarded following a competitive tender process (2014-2017). The Social Research Centre is responsible for all aspects of survey administration, including selecting and contacting the students and graduates to be included in the surveys, as well as publishing results on the QILT website.