Victoria University’s strong improvement in a national student experience survey is a reward for its commitment to increase student satisfaction, especially for first-year students.
The Australian Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2016 Student Experience Survey shows VU steadily improving in the surveyed areas:
- overall experience
- skills development
- learner engagement
- teaching quality
- student support
- learning resources.
VU’s commencing students rated their satisfaction with student support above the national and state averages, and their satisfaction with learner engagement and learning resources above the averages of other Victorian universities.
Vice-Chancellor Peter Dawkins said the improvement is a result of a strong commitment and strategies to improve first-year students’ ability to successfully enter university.
- substantial curriculum reform
- appointment of first-year champions
- emphasis on peer mentoring
- additional literacy and numeracy support
- development of rigorous quality standards
- recognition of high-quality teachers.
“The student survey results represent a very heartening achievement for VU, as it confirms we are well on track in our strategy to be a great university of the twenty-first century,” Professor Dawkins said.
The positive results of the student survey, completed by close to 4000 VU students, come less than a week after VU made its entry into the prestigious Time Higher Education top universities rankings. VU was named 56 in the world’s top 200 universities aged under 50 for 2017.