University Surveys

The Strategic Intelligence and Planning Unit through the Institutional Research and Surveys group is responsible for the timely and accurate reporting of data collected through internal and external surveys.

Information and data is available on the following topics:

Employment Outcomes of our Graduates (AGS & BGS)

The Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) is an annual survey of graduates from Australian higher education institutions who have recently completed an award course. The survey consists of two parts, the Graduate Destination Survey (GDS) and the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ). The GDS asks graduates about their work, study and job seeking activities after completing their course. The CEQ asks graduates to reflect on their experience of their course.

For more information on graduate course experience information, please refer to the final section on this page Graduate Course Experience.

For more information on graduate further study, please refer to the next section on this page Information about our Graduates in Further Study

The AGS is conducted annually by all higher education institutions within Australia in association with Graduate Careers Australia (GCA). The survey is conducted approximately four months following completion of the course. Published results report on graduates who completed their course in the previous year. For example, 2014 reports relate to graduates who completed their course in 2013.

The AGS provides a wealth of information about the employment outcomes of graduates:

  • Figures of graduates available for full time work, and of those, how many were in full time work, were working part time but seeking full time, or not working and seeking full time work
  • Figures of graduates working part-time and not seeking full time work
  • Figures of graduates not working, but were seeking part time work
  • Figures of graduates who were either unavailable for work or study and those that went onto further study
  • Demographic information and Student Attribute information is also available for these figures e.g. field of study, gender, citizenship etc.
  • Additional information such as job search strategies, graduate employers and median starting salaries are also available

Information is made publically available and free of charge in the form of annual reports, and can be accessed via the AGS section of the Graduate Careers Australia website  

Deakin staff are able to access more information via the staff intranet including access to the de-identified datasets via the Deakin Data Warehouse.

 

The Beyond Graduation Survey (BGS) investigates the importance of a higher education qualification to the lives of graduates three years after course completion. Essentially, the BGS is a three-year follow-up to the Australian Graduate Survey (AGS). The survey focuses on graduates labour market activities, the relevance of their qualification, any further study undertaken, other activities they have been involved in, and a look back at their higher education experience.

The BGS provides insight for those wanting to find out more about:

  • retrospective assessment of the graduates' higher education course experience
  • what graduates are doing three years after completion of their qualification
  • how graduates salaries have changed over the two points in time
  • occupations and industries of employment for graduates
  • average weekly working hours, employment seeking behaviours, interstate mobility

Information is made publically available and free of charge in the form of annual reports, and can be accessed via the BGS section of the Graduate Careers Australia website.

Deakin staff are able to access more information via the staff intranet.

Information about our Graduates in Further Study (AGS & BGS)

The Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) is an annual survey of graduates from Australian higher education institutions who have recently completed an award course. The survey consists of two parts, the Graduate Destination Survey (GDS) and the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ). The GDS asks graduates about their work, study and job seeking activities after completing their course. The CEQ asks graduates to reflect on their experience of their course.

For more information on graduate course experience information, please refer to the final section on this page Graduate Course Experience.

For more information on work and job seeking activities, please refer to the first section on this page Employment Outcomes of our Graduates.

The AGS is conducted annually by all higher education institutions within Australia in association with Graduate Careers Australia (GCA). The survey is conducted approximately four months following completion of the course. Published results report on graduates who completed their course in the previous year. For example, 2014 reports relate to graduates who completed their course in 2013.

The AGS provides information on the Further Study activities of graduates:

  • Figures of graduates who went onto further study
  • Areas of Further Study and level of qualification
  • Institutions that they are undertaking the study through
  • Mode of Study
  • Whether or not they are working as well, and in what capacity
  • Demographic information and Student Attribute information is also available for these figures e.g. field of study, gender, citizenship etc.

Information is made publically available and free of charge in the form of annual reports, and can be accessed via the AGS section of the Graduate Careers Australia website  

Deakin staff are able to access more information via the staff intranet including access to the de-identified datasets via the Deakin Data Warehouse.

The Beyond Graduation Survey (BGS) investigates the importance of a higher education qualification to the lives of graduates three years after course completion. Essentially, the BGS is a three-year follow-up to the Australian Graduate Survey (AGS). The survey focuses on graduates labour market activities, the relevance of their qualification, any further study undertaken, other activities they have been involved in, and a look back at their higher education experience.

The BGS provides insight for those wanting to find out more about further study of graduates three years after the completion of their qualification.

Information is made publically available and free of charge in the form of annual reports, and can be accessed via the BGS section of the Graduate Careers Australia website.

Deakin staff are able to access even more information via the staff intranet.

Feedback about Units and Teachers (Student Evaluations)

All current Deakin students are given the opportunity to provide feedback about the units they are studying and their teaching staff via an online survey. Feedback is sought towards the end of each trimester.

The Student Evaluation of Teaching and Units (SETU) instrument was introduced in 2003 and underwent various iterations before being replaced by the eVALUate instrument from Trimester 2, 2014.

Responsibility for the administration, analysis and reporting of student evaluations of units and teachers resides with SIPU's Institutional Research and Surveys Team. The Deakin Online Student Evaluations System developed in-house, delivers the survey and reports.

Aggregated results from each evaluation survey (units only) are publically available as well as a series of Staff Only reports through the Evaluations System Reports website.

Deakin staff are able to access more information via the staff intranet at the Evaluations of Teaching and Units (eVALUate) website.

Current Students and their Experiences (GS@D, UES, HDR)

During their time at Deakin, students are invited to provide feedback regarding all facets of their University experiences. There are three main surveys that collect this type of information:

The Getting Started at Deakin Survey (GS@D) provides new students with an opportunity to actively reflect on their first six weeks at Deakin. The data collected provides an insight into how new students perceive their academic and social transition to Deakin, which informs planning and actions around transition promotion, resources, support, events and activities.

The survey covers several aspects of the transition to higher education, from choosing a course, enrolment and orientation activities, experiences through the first six weeks of study and knowledge of student and information services. The survey also seeks to gain information on the implication of employment activities for students who are new to higher education as well as information on those students who considered withdrawing from their studies during the first six weeks. This survey was last conducted in 2013.

Deakin staff are able to access more information via the staff intranet. 

 

The University Experience Survey (UES) is a national annual survey of first and later year undergraduate students. The UES is a new survey initiated by the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) as part of the Advancing Quality in Higher Education agenda. It has been developed to provide a new national platform for measuring the quality of teaching and learning in Australian higher education and provides insights on how students at University experience education in their institution.

A UES Consortium led by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) administered the UES on behalf of DIICCSRTE in 2011 and 2012. The UES was developed by ACER in conjunction with the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Sydney.

The survey was piloted in 2011, further refined and conducted by all 40 universities in 2012. From July to October 2012, over 450,000 Australian university students were invited to participate in the 2012 UES and responses were received from over 110,000 students via an online or telephone instrument.

The successful tenderers for conduct of the 2013 UES were Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) and the Social Research Centre (SRC). The 2013 UES was conducted from mid-August through to October 2013.

UES results are published on the myUniversity website at http://myuniversity.gov.au

For further information please view http://www.ues.edu.au or contact the Institutional Research and Surveys Group.

Deakin staff are able to access more information via the staff intranet.  

 

The Higher Degree by Research Survey (HDR) is an annual survey of Deakin students who are currently completing a Higher Degree by Research. The survey asks students about satisfaction with their supervision and their satisfaction with the research environment.

Prior to 2009 the annual HDR survey was conducted by the Research Services Division in September each year. In 2009 the Strategic Intelligence and Planning Unit undertook responsibility for the survey and incorporated it into the University's Survey Evaluation Framework.

For further information, please contact the Strategic Intelligence and Planning Unit.

Deakin staff are able to access more information via the staff intranet.

Graduate Course Experience (CEQ, PREQ, BGS)

The Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) is an annual survey of graduates from Australian higher education institutions who have recently completed an award course. The survey consists of two parts, the Graduate Destination Survey (GDS) and  Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ or PREQ). The CEQ is a course experience questionnaire designed for graduates who have completed a coursework based award and the PREQ (Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire) is a course experience questionnaire designed for graduates who have completed a higher degree by research award.

The GDS asks graduates about their work, study and job seeking activities after completing their course. For more information, please refer to the first section on this page Employment Outcomes of Our Graduates.

The CEQ asks graduates to reflect on their experience of the recently completed course. Graduates who complete the requirements for a higher degree by research receive the Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire (PREQ).

The survey is conducted annually by all higher education institutions within Australia in association with Graduate Careers Australia (GCA). The survey is conducted approximately four months following completion of the course. Published results report on graduates who completed their course in the previous year. For example, 2014 reports relate to graduates who completed their course in 2013.

The CEQ asks graduates to rate the extent to which they agree or disagree with statements regarding their course experience. These are summated into various scales and a single item overall satisfaction indicator. There are three compulsory (core) scales and several optional scales in which institutions have the choice in including in their own tailored survey instrument. Deakin graduates are asked to respond to statements pertaining to the following scales:

  • Good Teaching (core)
  • Generic Skills (core)
  • Overall Satisfaction (core)
  • Intellectual Motivation
  • Student Support
  • Graduate Qualities
  • Learning Resources

The PREQ asks higher degree by research graduates to rate statements regarding their postgraduate course experience.  These are grouped in six scales:

  • Supervision
  • Intellectual Climate
  • Skills Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Thesis Examination Process
  • Clarity of Goals and Expectations

Information is made publically available and free of charge in the form of annual reports, and can be accessed via the AGS section of the Graduate Careers Australia website  

Deakin staff are able to access more information via the staff intranet including access to the de-identified datasets via the Deakin Data Warehouse.

The Beyond Graduation Survey (BGS) investigates the importance of a higher education qualification to the lives of graduates three years after course completion. Essentially, the BGS is a three-year follow-up to the Australian Graduate Survey (AGS). The survey focuses on graduates labour market activities, the relevance of their qualification, any further study undertaken, other activities they have been involved in, and a look back at their higher education experience.

The BGS provides insight for those wanting to find out more about:

  • retrospective assessment of the graduates' higher education course experience
  • what graduates are doing three years after completion of their qualification
  • how graduates salaries have changed over the two points in time
  • occupations and industries of employment for graduates
  • average weekly working hours, employment seeking behaviours, interstate mobility

Information is made publically available and free of charge in the form of annual reports, and can be accessed via the BGS section of the Graduate Careers Australia website.

Deakin staff are able to access more information via the staff intranet.

 


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