RMIT Graduate Outcomes Survey

Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a survey that is completed by graduates from Australian higher education institutions approximately four months after completion of their course. It is administered twice a year in May and November depending on the graduand’s course completion date. This survey provides information on the labour market outcomes and further study activities of graduates that year.

The GOS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and administered by the Social Research Centre. SRC send the survey link to graduates and phone them in the hope they can provide feedback on their program before the survey closes.

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 GOS 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 GOS performance covers the following indicators:

Graduate Destination Survey (GDS)

Graduates in full-time employment

Graduates in overall employment

Graduates in full-time study

Median salary of graduates in full-time employment

Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ)

Overall Satisfaction (OSI)

Good teaching (GTS)

Generic skills (GSS)

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.

The role of the Social Research Centre

Social Research Centre (SRC) is a peak body with representatives from employers, universities and government. SRC works to promote and foster employment and career opportunities for graduates from higher education institutions. The SRC’s services include providing information on trends in employment and salaries of graduates.

What is the data from the Graduate Outcomes Survey used for?

The data collected is used by SRC which results in the production of a national report, Graduate Destinations. The facts derived from the GOS 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.

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