Go8 Submission to Higher Education Standards Panel - Response: Improving retention, completion and success in higher education

14 Jul 2017
Please find below a brief submission on behalf of the Group of Eight (Go8) in response to the Panel’s paper of 9 June 2017 Improving retention, completion and success in higher education. The Go8 commends the Panel on the release of this paper and notes the identification of trends and possible factors that may be driving the rates of student success, retention and graduate completion in Australia’s higher education sector. This submission sets out, at a high level, the views and concerns of the Go8 noting that member universities may also make their own, more detailed submissions.

  • That full degree completion for all commencing students must remain the focus of university education.
  • That proposals to link student retention, success and completion to funding outcomes should be re-examined to avoid unintended consequences for students and institutions.
  • That as a priority, the Government move to develop a process to deliver a single unique student identifier for use across Australia’s tertiary sector.
  • That enhanced access to clear and accurate admissions-specific information for prospective students seeking to engage in higher education would offer significant benefits to retention and success.
  • That any form of success or completion risk calculator or ‘predictor’ is to be strongly discouraged.
  • That TEQSA, using existing regulatory tools available, consider whether taking a more investigatory approach may be warranted in cases where there are issues of concern.

For the full submission, please click on the link below to read the PDF version.