ACU conducts and participates in a number of surveys throughout the year that involve staff, students and external stakeholders.

The Office of Planning and Strategic Management collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to administer and report on the University-wide surveys including:

  • Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
    • Student Experience Survey (SES)
    • Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS)
    • Graduate Outcomes Survey – Longitudinal (GOS-L)
  • Student Barometer Survey
  • ACU Community Engagement Activity Survey.

ACU is committed to continuous review and improvement, and as part of this, the University engage in a number of student surveys to gather feedback around learning and teaching, university experience and infrastructure.

What is the purpose of the framework?

The Survey Governance Framework is designed to minimise the risks of over-surveying students and to promote a clear and transparent methodology for the governance of student surveys.

Who does it apply to?

The framework applies to surveys that are targeted at current ACU students. Surveys of prospective students, graduates or alumni are outside the scope of this framework.

Do I need approval to survey students?

You must get approval for all surveys targeted at ACU students. This is alongside the approval required by the Human Research Ethics Committee.

All of the approved student surveys and block out periods are shown in the ACU Student Survey Calendar.

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Additional survey services such as survey design, management and analysis are available at request. Email us if you need further information.

Endorsed by the Department of Education and Training, the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) is a suite of national, higher education surveys that covers the student lifecycle from commencement to employment.

The Social Research Centre has been commissioned by the department as the independent administrator of QILT, including selecting and contacting students and graduates as well as publishing results on the QILT website.

QILT Survey Previous Survey
Student Experience Survey (SES) Formerly University Experience Survey (UES)
Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) Replacing Australian Graduate Survey (AGS)
Graduate Outcomes Survey – Longitudinal (GOS–L) Similar to Beyond Graduations Survey (BGS)
Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS) N/A – A new survey

Student Experience Survey (SES)

SES is a survey of current onshore undergraduate students. Formerly called UES, the survey focuses on how the student perceives the experience provided by their higher education provider including student support, learning resources, learner engagement, teaching quality and skills development. In 2015, the survey is being extended to non-university higher education institutions (for example, higher education colleges).

Survey period: August

SES reports

Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS)

GOS is a survey of current onshore undergraduate and postgraduate students who have completed their course requirements six months before data collection. The survey focuses on graduate outcomes and graduate job prospects. The survey is replacing AGS and comprises updated questionnaires taken from the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) and Graduate Destinations Survey (GDS) to better align with the current methodologies of labour market surveys that are used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Survey period: November and May of the following year.

GOS reports

Graduate Outcomes Survey – Longitudinal (GOS–L)

GOS-L will follow up graduates who have completed the initial GOS three years after graduation. This is similar to BGS which follows up graduates three and five years beyond graduation.

Survey field dates: February

GOS-L reports

Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS)

ESS is a new survey being trialled alongside GOS. Students in GOS are asked to provide their supervisor/employer contact details. Once this has been provided, a questionnaire is sent to the employer to assess how satisfied they are with the graduate’s skills and training.

Survey field dates: November and May of the following year.

ESS reports

The Student Barometer Survey is an independent student satisfaction survey conducted by International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate) on behalf of the University.

At ACU, the Student Barometer Survey is conducted every second year starting from 2014 for domestic (SB) and international students (ISB).

The survey comprises students’ decision-making, expectations, perceptions and intentions from application to graduation. It includes all onshore students, both from undergraduate and postgraduate course levels. Results are benchmarked against other Australian universities and international universities.

Survey field dates: April–June (every second year from 2014)

ISBSB Reports

Community engagement is one of the ways ACU lives out its Mission as a Catholic university. The Community Engagement Activity Survey was initiated based on the Vice-Chancellor’s project in 2015.

The survey is now conducted annually and aims to capture the scale, diversity and type of community engagement activities undertaken by ACU staff. Results from this survey are tracked and reported to the Senate.

The project is led by Chair of Academic Board and Director of Identity and Mission, with the OPSM supporting its survey administration and advice from the Institute for Advancing Community Engagement.

For the purpose of this survey, community engagement is defined as:

A process through which ACU draws on the capabilities of its staff to work collaboratively with individuals, community groups and organisations to achieve mutually agreed goals that build capacity, improve wellbeing, and produce just and sustainable outcomes in the interests of people, communities, and the University.

Survey field dates: August–September

Community Engagement Survey Reports