Universities must perform to deliver outstanding results to more students

Ratings in the latest edition of The Good Universities Guide show that student numbers are up, and universities are competing to deliver positive student experiences and strong graduate outcomes.

The Good Universities Guide 2020 — released today by Good Education Media — found that while graduate employment rates are up for many universities, this year proved tougher to achieve a five-star rating than last year.

The minimum employment rate achieved by a five-star university is 78%, which is two points ahead of last year’s minimum of 76%, and well ahead of the national average of 72%. One driver of the improved graduate employment rates is the high demand for nursing and rehabilitation graduates.

Charles Sturt University achieved five stars for graduate employment and 86.3% for employment rate — the highest in the country. The university’s employment rates are ahead of the national average in 18 fields of study, including notoriously difficult fields like creative arts and communications.

The Good Universities Guide 2020 reveals very high student satisfaction with teaching quality across all universities. Among five-star rated universities, a minimum of 83% of surveyed students reported satisfaction with teaching quality. This is marginally ahead of the national average of 81%. Dentistry students were the least impressed with teaching quality, but still recorded a 73% rate of satisfaction.

Ross White, Head of Product at Good Education Media, says that while universities are offering positive experiences and strong employment outcomes, they’re also delivering to an increasing number of students. “Between 2012 and 2017, the number of students commencing bachelor degrees rose by 13% — that’s an extra 40,000 students,” he says.

“By 2029, Australia’s Gen Z (born between 1995 and 2012) will have filtered through the school system and transitioned to first-year university, increasing the number of domestic commencements by around 30% — approximately 30,000 additional students.”

The next 10 years will see a period of competition and intense innovation, as universities work hard to deliver the same high standards of experience and employment outcomes to more students.

The Good Universities Guide is produced by Good Education Media, Australia’s leading provider of independent education ratings and information. The Guide is available online via the Good Education Bookshop and selected newsagents. For more information, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

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