New South Wales regional universities are outperforming metropolitan institutions when it comes to securing graduate jobs and top salaries, according to The Good Universities Guide 2017, released today by the Good Education Media.
The University of New England and Charles Sturt University both received five-star ratings for ‘overall salary’ and ‘overall employment’ placing them above many of the universities in the Group of Eight. Whilst graduates from Charles Sturt and UNE are well paid, Ross White, Head of Product at the Good Education Media, explains they are not always the ‘usual’ university student.
“A close read of The Good Universities Guide reveals that in addition to being regional students, the majority of students attending UNE and CSU are non-traditional students, such as mature-age students and/or students studying part time and off campus. Student cohorts attending UNE and CSU can be very different to metropolitan universities and the Group of Eight.”
UNE Vice-Chancellor, Annabelle Duncan, said: “We work hard to provide our students with the best possible learning environments regardless of their location. UNE has been awarded five stars in supporting categories such as teaching quality, learner engagement, learning resources and student support. Strong performances in these categories make the difference between an exceptional and an average educational experience.”
Sydney’s Group of Eight universities — UNSW Australia and the University of Sydney — received five stars for ‘student demand’ and ‘staff-student ratio’. While median salaries for graduates from both universities were strong, graduates from the University of Sydney reported a 67 per cent employment rate, behind UNE (75 per cent), UNSW Australia (77 per cent) and CSU (84 per cent).
Chris Lester, Chief Executive Officer of the Good Education Media, said the results demonstrate that students should consider a range of factors when choosing a university.
“The latest edition shows that there is much more to graduate employment outcomes than meets the eye and every university has its own strengths and characteristics. It’s so important for students to think hard about what’s most important to them and research all of their options.”
Interestingly, while UNE also achieved five stars for ‘overall quality of educational experience’, the Guide can reveal that universities with very high proportions of non-traditional students are not always top performers in measures of student experience.
Chris explains: “UNE achieved five stars for ‘overall quality of educational experience’, with 85 per cent of their students reporting satisfaction with this measure. A close read of the Guide indicates that while results across the sector for student experience are generally positive, universities with high proportions of non-traditional students rarely feature among the top performers on measures of student experience.”
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Note: Universities are awarded five stars if they fall within the top 20 per cent of all universities
About the ratings
Quality of educational experience
This rating looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the overall quality of their educational experience.
This rating compares the employment rates of graduates from different universities. It looks at the proportion of graduates who were employed full time four months after completing their course. Data has been sourced from the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) and is based on the results of the Graduate Destination Survey.
This rating compares the median salary of graduates from different universities. Data has been sourced from the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) and is based on the results of the Graduate Destination Survey.
About The Good Universities Guide
Australia’s most trusted resource on higher education, The Good Universities Guide allows students to compare all undergraduate degrees and institutions against one another based on relevant criteria. Visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au for more information.