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QILT - Students Can Now Compare all Higher Education Providers Online for First Time

For the first time potential students searching for the institution that best meets their needs will be able to search for all the options – including private – thanks to the latest update on QILT - The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website.

This step was made possible earlier this year when 22,707 students from 39 non-university providers were included in the results of the 2015 Student Experience Survey for the first time.

COPHE CEO Adrian McComb said the release of course experience data on the QILT website, based on extensive surveys covering all higher education students and funded by the Government in the 2014 budget, was a major step forward.

“It means that students seeking to compare their options will be better able to identify what works for them and not be limited to what public universities deliver,” Mr McComb said. “We now look forward to the next stage in the second half of this year when employment outcomes will be included for institutions in the private sector.”

He said institutions as well as students will benefit from this easy access to extensive survey information.

“Another important feature is the “dashboard” for institutions that will enable them to consider their detailed results by field of education against the aggregated data for similar courses across the country, giving them insight to inform continuous improvement in student outcomes,” he said.

“This website demonstrates to all its users that the private sector achieves a great deal for its students,” he said.

Students at private institutions showed high levels of satisfaction in teaching quality, learner engagement and skills development.

“This website and the extensive data that underpins it can give confidence to Government that equitable support for all students through a single loan scheme and the extension of HECS HELP will drive good outcomes for students and increase the diversity of institution type,” Mr McComb said. He further noted that private institutions had successfully managed FEE HELP since the introduction in the Higher Education Support Act 2003 with steady and sustainable growth over the ensuing decade.

The number of students in the private sector continues to increase. In 2013 such providers enrolled the equivalent of at least 54,000 full-time students, which was a big increase on the slightly less than 15,000 full-time equivalent students in 1999. (Grattan Mapping Australian Higher Education 2014-15. p 11)

The QILT website is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and received an additional $8.1 million in the 2016-17 Budget. “This is an excellent investment in helping to improve the quality of all our higher education sector by giving easy access to valuable, once confidential, information to all students,” Mr McComb said.

Media Inquiries: Adrian McComb (02) 8021 0841 | 0417208727 | Email: admin@cophe.edu.au | www.cophe.edu.au

 The Council of Private Higher Education Inc. (COPHE) is a peak body established in 2001 to represent Australia’s higher education providers who are independent of public universities. It promotes good policy in the sector, calling for equity, choice and diversity for all degree-level students. COPHE members operate from more than 70 campuses around Australia and are diverse in size, funding base, organisational links and educational focus. They cater for more than half of the private HE students in Australia.

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