Instead of focusing on student satisfaction, retention and completion rates, this study surveys the way students learn and the outcomes they achieve, helping institutions understand more about the quality of education provided.
The Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) is an annual survey managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in cooperation with participating tertiary education providers. It provides data that tertiary institutions throughout New Zealand and Australia can use to attract, engage and retain their students.
Through measuring the time and effort students devote to educationally purposeful activities and other aspects of their experience at their institution the AUSSE provides a greater understanding of students' engagement with study and their learning. Instead of focusing on student satisfaction, retention and completion rates, looking at the way in which students learn and the outcomes they achieve allows institutions to gain a better understanding of the quality of education students are getting.
This particular report focuses on the results from a pilot of the AUSSE survey undertaken in 2010 with Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs). ACER with support and funding from Ako Aotearoa conducted a pilot of the AUSSE survey with 10 New Zealand ITPs. Previously, the AUSSE survey had focused solely on higher education students, specifically on-shore students in their first- or later-year of bachelor degree study; however the ITP pilot expanded the reach of the survey to on-shore students undertaking qualifications from New Zealand Qualifications Authority levels three through seven - certificate level to bachelor level study.