The surveys unit manages/coordinates a number of nationally based surveys.
Australian Graduate Survey is administered to graduates approximately four months following the completion of their course. There are three distinct components of the AGS:
The AGS is nationally coordinated by Graduate Careers Australia (GCA). Survey Services manages the ECU campaign; codes responses from graduates and organises the final submission of ECU's data set.
Universities are required to achieve a 50% response rate in order to make any public use of their data. ECU’s response rates are typically around the national average, or above, and in the range of 55% to 62% depending on the cohort, or GDS/CEQ focus.
Access to ECU results for both GDS and CEQ is available via the EIM data warehouse which now hosts a number of managed reports. Please contact your Faculty Office, or the data warehouse team (email@example.com) for assistance.
AGS data is used in a range of university reporting, and also feeds into the My University website, and the Good Universities Guide.
Graduate Destination Survey (GDS)
Graduate outcomes are coded by the GCA to a single most appropriate category for reporting purposes. The most commonly reported measure from the GDS is the percentage of ‘available’ graduates who are in full-time work at the time of the survey. Available means those who are in or seeking full-time work. It is common for GDS data to be reported only for domestic graduates, and frequently just for bachelor-level qualifications.
Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ)
The CEQ is typically reported in terms of three core scales (strictly speaking, two scales and a single item): The composition of these scales is as shown below.
The staff put a lot of time into commenting on my work.
||The teaching staff normally gave me helpful feedback on how I was going.|
||The teaching staff of this course motivated me to do my best work.|
||My lecturers were extremely good at explaining things.|
||The teaching staff worked hard to make their subjects interesting.|
|GTS27||The staff made a real effort to understand difficulties I might be having with my work.|
|Generic skills||GSS06||The course helped me develop my ability to work as a team member.|
||The course sharpened my analytic skills.|
||The course developed my problem-solving skills.|
|The course improved my skills in written communication.|
||As a result of my course, I feel confident about tackling unfamiliar problems.|
||My course helped me to develop the ability to plan my own work.|
|Overall satisfaction scale||OS149
||Overall, I was satisfied with the quality of this course.|
Graduates can respond on up to two majors, and use a five-point Likert agree-disagree scale (strongly disagree, disagree, neither agree nor disagree, agree, strongly agree)
CEQ reporting can use a range of metrics:
The first of these, % Agreement, tends to be the most commonly reported metric in the sector. The GCA recommends a general rule of thumb that differences of less than 5 points are not likely to be of ‘practical interest’.
The University Experience Survey (UES) is a key initiative developed by the Australian Government designed "to ensure ongoing improvement in the quality of learning and teaching". The UES was administered in all Australian universities for the first time in the third quarter of 2012. The UES is currently administered, in conjunction with universities, by a consortium comprising Graduate Careers Australia and The Social Research Centre. Students are asked for feedback on a range of factors including skill development, learner engagement, teaching quality, support and resources.
The BGS can be seen as an extension of the AGS, where students surveyed upon completion of their courses are then followed up 3 and then 5 years afterwards and asked similar questions about their employment status, further study outcomes, and perceptions of their ECU course.
The ISB is a survey of international students (onshore) in which the majority of Australian universities, and many universities globally, participate. ECU has been involved since 2010. International students are asked about their experiences of arrival, learning and support. The ISB is overseen by iGraduate.