Upholding Quality - Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

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The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) are a suite of surveys for higher education that cover the student life cycle from commencement to employment. 

The QILT website captures survey data results in an accessible web-based format, results are comparable in both table and chart format.

As part of the 2016-17 Budget, the Government announced an additional $8.1 million to enhance the QILT website to provide better information to students.

The website supports the quality of learning and teaching in Australian higher education and ensures students have access to transparent and comparable information. The website 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.

The department undertook enhancements to the QILT website in late 2016 which included:

  • new survey results from the 2016 Graduate Outcomes Survey and 2016 Graduate Outcome Survey – Longitudinal, examining short and medium term labour market outcomes of graduates
  • postgraduate coursework survey results showing employment and further study outcomes, and course satisfaction
  • national averages data across all indicators on the site, and
  • improved filter options and website navigation.

Background

In 2014-15, the Australian Government announced the Upholding Quality – Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching budget measure.

The QILT website helps students and their families make informed choices about their higher education options by bringing together survey data from all Australian universities about students’ experiences and graduate job outcomes.

With a few simple clicks, users can search for study areas and institutions of interest to them, and do side by side comparisons, including:

  • overall satisfaction of current students
  • overall satisfaction of recent graduates
  • outcomes of students moving into full-time employment after graduation, and
  • the median salary received by recent graduates.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching was established based on recommendations for the Development of Performance Measurements by the Advancing Quality in Higher Education Reference Group, chaired by Professor Ian O’Connor, Vice-Chancellor Griffith University. The report is available: Development of Performance Measures - Report of the Advancing Quality in Higher Education Reference Group

The Government established a Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching Working Group, to provide advice to the department on implementing the suite of surveys. The Working Group comprises representation from university executive staff, planning and management officials in universities, non-university higher education institutions, and business. It is chaired by Professor Ian O’Connor, Vice-Chancellor of Griffith University. Other members of the Working Group include:

  • Professor Alan Robson, Chair of the Higher Education Standards Panel
  • Professor Richard James, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the University of Melbourne, and member of the Higher Education Standards Panel
  • Ms Sue Mikilewicz, Director, Planning and Institutional Performance at the University of South Australia
  • Dr Scott Dickson, Dean of Navitas Professional Institute
  • Ms Megan Kirchner, Policy Director at the Business Council of Australia (BCA), and
  • Ms Jenny Lambert, Director, Employment Education and Training at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

The Working Group advises the department on the implementation of the suite of surveys, and the approach to lower the survey and reporting burden on providers and students, improve incentives for providers to focus on quality teaching, and enable Australia to internationally benchmark performance.

The Quality of 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. 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.

For more information please contact qilt@srcentre.com.au