RMIT Australian Graduate Survey
What is the Australian Graduate Survey?
The RMIT Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) is a survey of the activities of graduates who have recently completed their qualification. RMIT Higher Education Graduates are surveyed approximately four months after course completion and are asked what they were doing from an employment/studying perspective. Universities are required to submit an Institutional Quality Assurance and Improvement Plan to the Commonwealth as part of the educational profiles process and the outcomes from the AGS partly address this requirement. The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) uses the data as a key performance indicator. It is also used as a means of encouraging universities to monitor their own performance.
The AGS is administered online and through mailed surveys. The AGS consists of three components,
- the Graduate Destination Survey (GDS) that assesses the employment success of recent graduates.
- the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ), that assesses graduate perceptions of the teaching they received at university
- the Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire (PREQ), a survey for Higher Education research graduates.
The CEQ is made up of a number of scales including the Good Teaching Scale (GTS) and the Overall Satisfaction Index (OSI). The GTS result is the most commonly quoted scale of the survey and is used for measurement and comparison of teaching quality at both national and local levels. The OSI is the percentage of graduates reporting satisfaction with their courses i.e. the proportion of graduates responding 4 (Agree) or 5 (Strongly Agree) to the last statement in the CEQ or PREQ, The Good Teaching Scale (GTS) and Overall Satisfaction (OSI) results are most frequently used for measuring and comparing institutions and program quality.
When is it administered?
The Australian Graduate Survey is administered twice a year in April and October depending on the graduand’s course completion date.
The role of Graduate Careers Australia
Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) is a peak body with representatives from employers, universities and government. GCA works to promote and foster employment and career opportunities for graduates from higher education institutions. The GCA’s services include providing information on trends in employment and salaries of graduates.
What is the data from the Australian Graduate Survey used for?
The data collected from the forms is used by GCA which results in the production of a national report, Graduate Destinations. The facts derived from the AGS provide information on the employment status of RMIT graduates (as well as graduates from all other Australian Universities). These facts are used by RMIT to help us make improvements regarding our students’ program experience. The data further allows us to compare our performance as education providers against those of other universities.