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Student Representative Council
Nominations were sought from the student body for the 2016 Student Representative Council. The meetings include undergraduate and postgraduate representatives from each school as well as international and Higher Degree by Research students. The Student Representative Council gives students a chance to discuss emerging issues as well as views about learning and teaching, services and the USC environment. For more information, contact Academic Secretariat.
Throughout the year the Vice-Chancellor and President will hold two all-student forums to share information about University strategy and operations with the student body. Students will be invited to suggest topics to be addressed. 2017 forum dates will be advertised on the campus life events calendar and invitations will be emailed to all students. For more information contact the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students).
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:
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 Blackboard’s My Courses tab in the 'My SETAC - Evaluate Teaching and Courses' module 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.
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.
The table below shows when SETAC evaluations will be open for the remaining teaching periods in the second half of 2016.
|Teaching Period||SETAC evaluations available for student completion online|
6 January - 5 February 2017
27 January - 26 February 2017
Semester 3 USC Melbourne/Sydney
10 February - 28 February 2017
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.
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 selected students’ USC email accounts during August each year. Alternatively, students can log into Blackboard, go to the "My Courses" tab and click on the survey link in the "Surveys to Complete" module.
For more information visit www.usc.edu.au/ses.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information visit Graduate Outcomes Survey.
Receive your graduate pen
In appreciation for completing the GOS, USC graduates will receive a Graduate of the University of the Sunshine Coast steel pen – exclusive to USC GOS survey respondents. Survey participants are also eligible for other prizes.
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.