Fewer first years consider dropping out

Fewer first years consider dropping out

Monday, 29 Nov 2010

Fewer first-year university students are considering dropping out of their course, new research from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) shows.

Results from the largest survey of current university students ever undertaken in Australia reveal the number of students seriously thinking about abandoning their studies has declined from 35 per cent in 2008 and 30 per cent in 2009 to 27 per cent in 2010.  

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Setting primary course for university study

Setting primary course for university study

Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010

Initial findings released today from the largest survey of current Australian university students ever undertaken suggest that most students set a course for university much earlier than usually expected.

The survey, conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in August, involved around 55 000 students at 55 tertiary institutions. As part of a wider survey on student engagement with tertiary study they were asked when they had first considered attending university and what had influenced their course selection.

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Skilled migrants more productive but stressed

Skilled migrants more productive but stressed

Thursday, 28 Oct 2010

Changes to welfare policy and selection criteria for skilled migration have led to selection of immigrants with better potential to succeed in the labour market but poorer psychological wellbeing, the Monash University-ACER Centre for the Economics of Education and Training (CEET)  2010 Annual Conference will hear tomorrow.

CEET Research Fellow, Dr Weiping Kostenko, will discuss the effects of changed migration policy on assimilation of Australian skilled migrants by comparing employment and mental health outcomes of immigrants arriving in Australia four years prior to the 1997 government-initiated major review of skilled migration with immigrants arriving two years after the review.

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Education and training for a more productive Australia

Education and training for a more productive Australia

Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010

The Annual Conference of the Monash University-ACER Centre for the Economics of Education and Training (CEET) will be held in Melbourne on Friday 29 October.

This year’s theme is ‘Education and training for a more productive Australia’. The conference will consider education and training policies in the context of changes in the Australian population, workforce and economy.

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ACER announces new Research Division Heads

ACER announces new Research Division Heads

Thursday, 21 Oct 2010

The Chief Executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Professor Geoff Masters today announced the appointment of two senior educational researchers who will head newly-established ACER research divisions.

The new appointments are Dr Sue Thomson who becomes Head of ACER’s Educational Monitoring and Research Division and Dr Khoo Siek Toon who becomes Acting Head of ACER’s Assessment and Psychometric Research Division.

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