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National survey of course experiance-announcement of reference group

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J&u MEDIA RELEASE M ' . Minister for Employment, Education, Senator the Hon. Amanda Vanstone Training and Youth Affairs Senator for South Australia

V I49/97 18 August 1997


Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs Senator Amanda Vanstone today announced the creation of a reference group to advise on the development of a questionnaire designed to “gauge students’ experiences and views of the quality of course content, teaching and student

services at their university”.

The National Survey of Course Quality is part of a broad Government strategy, announced at the launch of the Good University Guide, to monitor course quality at Australian universities.

The Survey will allow a quantitative assessment across Australia of the quality of teaching and courses at undergraduate level and will build on existing processes within universities to provide a broad picture of students' experience.

To ensure the National Survey of Course Quality provides the basis for a broad and accurate assessment of student perceptions of course quality, the Minister has convened an expert reference group to provide advice on the questionnaire.

Dr Gregor Ramsey has been appointed chair of the Reference Group. Dr Ramsey is a well known higher education consultant with broad experience in the sector.

Other members of the group include: • Mr Gavin Moodie, Victoria University of Technology; • Ms Sandra Milligan, Editor of the Good University Guides; • Associate Professor Jane Morrison, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales; • Dr John Ainley, Australian Council for Educational Research; • Professor Paul Ramsden, Director, Griffith Institute for Higher Education; • Professor John Anwyl, former director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at

Melbourne University; • Ms Carolyn Daley of the Australian Bureau of Statistics; and • Dr Tom Karmel, Assistant Secretary, Higher Education Division, DEETYA.

Senator Vanstone stated that this initiative signals the governments commitment to ensuring a new, student-focused approach to quality in Australian universities.

Further information: Christian Kerr, M inister’s Office, 0419 698 429