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2017 Survey of Australian University Student Finances

Open 13 September to 11 October

Check your USC student inbox - You may've been randomly selected to have your say in this important survey!

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The University is committed to listening to the views of its students and to acting on student feedback. Throughout the year you will be invited to participate in a range of surveys designed to inform the continuous review and improvement of USC’s teaching, courses, programs, services, facilities and resources.

The development, success and welfare of the University’s students are the main focus of these surveys.

For the opportunity to have your say check your USC email account daily and watch out for invitations to participate in surveys such as those shown below:

2017 Survey of Australian University Student Finances

In September, USC will participate in the 2017 Survey of Australian University Student Finances. This study of the financial circumstances of students at Australian Universities is being undertaken by the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (MCSHE) for Universities Australia, of which USC is a member, and the National Union of Students.

Randomly selected undergraduate and postgraduate (coursework and research) students will soon receive an email from the MCSHE project team requesting participation in the survey. While completing the survey is voluntary, participation is highly encouraged. The purpose of the national survey is to understand the current financial circumstances of both domestic and international students studying at Australian universities. The findings of this study will benefit students by helping universities and government better understand students: their work patterns, income, family commitments and concerns.

The resulting report will compare the 2017 findings with the previous studies undertaken for Universities Australia by the MCSHE in 2012 and 2006 (University student finances in 2012).

For more information visit: 2017 Survey of University Student Finances.

Student Evaluation of Teaching and Courses (SETAC)

All students: SETAC evaluations collect valuable student feedback on teaching and courses at USC. Evaluations are conducted throughout the year and your participation is strongly encouraged.

Check your USC email account or review the My SETAC - Evaluate Teaching and Courses module on Blackboard for a list of your open SETAC evaluations.

SETAC results are distributed to the relevant teacher or Course Coordinator, Executive Dean, Head of School, Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and Program Coordinators after the official release of student grades for the teaching period.

The results reports include all free-text comments as provided by students when completing the evaluation.

SETAC evaluations for first half of 2017 teaching periods are open for student completion as follows:

Teaching Period SETAC evaluations available online
Session 5 4 Aug - 27 Aug
Session 6 29 Sept - 22 Oct
Trimester 2 6 Oct - 5 Nov
USC Melb/Syd Sem 2 6 Oct - 12 Nov
Semester 2 13 Oct - 26 Nov
Session 7 24 Nov - 17 Dec

Further information regarding the release of SETAC data is detailed in Section 9 of the Student Evaluation of Teaching and Courses (SETAC) – Procedures. For more information visit: SETAC, including frequently asked questions.

Early Experience Survey (EES)

New students: The Early Experience Survey (EES) gathers information about new students' (domestic undergraduates) orientation and transition experience to USC, thoughts about study, and the early USC experience. Students’ responses to this survey help to identify important issues that face new students enabling the University to review and address them.

Survey invitations are emailed to students' USC email accounts in week 3 of Semester. Alternatively, students can log into Blackboard, go to the "My Courses" tab and click on the survey link in the "Surveys to Complete" module. The EES is not being conducted in 2017.

Student Experience Survey
Student Experience Survey (SES)

Selected students: The SES is a national survey which is conducted for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Student feedback is very important and contributes directly to the quality of teaching and learning for current and future students.

Invitations to participate in the Student Experience Survey (SES) will be sent to current undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students’ USC email accounts during August each year. Alternatively, students can log into Blackboard, and click on the survey link in the "Surveys to Complete" module.

For more information visit www.usc.edu.au/ses.

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International Student Barometer (ISB)

International students: The International Student Barometer (ISB) is a national survey conducted annually by i-graduate. The ISB collects valuable feedback from international students on their USC experience. Students’ responses to this survey help identify what is working well and where USC may need to improve in terms of learning, support and student life in general.

A link to the ISB is included in an invitation email sent to new and continuing international students’ USC email accounts in April each year from studentsurvey@usc.edu.au. The ISB is not being conducted in 2017.

For more information contact studentsurvey@usc.edu.au.

Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS)

Graduates: The GOS is a national survey of recent graduates carried out by The Social Research Centre. The survey collects information from graduates about their study experience and the type of work or further study they undertake after completing a qualification.

USC uses the results of the GOS to further develop its courses and programs, maximise students’ study experiences and to provide informed advice to students about career opportunities. GOS results will also inform higher education policy development and may be reported by media and publishers.

Invitations to complete the GOS are emailed half yearly in May (second half year graduates) and November (first half year graduates). A link to the online GOS will be emailed by the Social Research Centre (Email: gos@srcentre.com.au). For more information visit Graduate Outcomes Survey.

Receive your graduate pen                                                       

In appreciation for completing the GOS, USC survey respondents will receive an exclusive USC Graduate pen.

Survey participants are also eligible for other prizes.

Visit the Social Research Centre Graduate Outcomes Survey Terms and Conditions.

Graduate Outcomes Survey - Longitudinal
Graduate Outcome Survey - Longitudinal

Graduates: The GOS-L is a longitudinal study that connects with university graduates to collect information on graduates’ labour market outcomes.

Students who complete an award at USC and complete the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) will receive an email invitation three years after their program completion. The GOS-L invitation will be sent from gos-l@srcentre.com.au during February of each year.

For more information, including specific dates regarding the next GOS-L and information about incentive prizes, visit Graduate Outcomes Survey-Longitudinal (GOS-L) or contact the Social Research Centre via email: gos-l@srcentre.com.au.

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