More than 145,000 students took part in the survey – the largest ever conducted in Australia on the state of the nation’s higher education sector – which establishes performance benchmarks for higher education providers.
The survey asked students about the quality of their higher education, including student access to computers, libraries and teaching facilities; whether learning advice, careers advisors and health services were available, as well as the development of students’ communication, problem solving and work readiness skills.
Results from the survey also reveal why students consider abandoning their studies. The most common reasons given were situational factors, such as health or stress, study and life balance and the need to do paid work.
Institutions will be able to use this important information to improve the services they offer students, as well as being able to better help students complete their studies.
The survey is part of the Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) measure, which comprises a suite of independent surveys that capture student experience and employment outcomes. This information provides students with robust and reliable information to help them make informed decisions about their higher education.
The 2015 Student Experience Survey National Report can be downloaded here.