Feedback on student engagement can improve higher education says ACER

Feedback on student engagement can improve higher education says ACER

Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009

Meaningful feedback on student engagement in higher education can be used to help institutions to attract and retain students and support students’ learning, education experts will tell the 2009 Student Engagement Forum this week.

The Forum, to be hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and La Trobe University in Melbourne on Thursday, will feature keynote speaker Indiana University’s Professor George Kuh, the Founding Director of the United States’ National Survey of Student Engagement.

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Queensland Government accepts recommendations of Masters Review

Queensland Government accepts recommendations of Masters Review

Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009

The Queensland Government announced on 29 June that it had accepted all five key recommendations from a review of the state’s primary school education conducted by ACER’s chief executive, Professor Geoff Masters.

Professor Masters made the recommendations in a report, A Shared Challenge: Improving Literacy, Numeracy and Science Learning in Queensland Primary Schools, which was delivered to the Queensland Government in late April.

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Masters warns against school league tables

Masters warns against school league tables

Monday, 29 Jun 2009

Australia must avoid the allure of simple but potentially misleading approaches to comparing the performances of schools, according to the chief executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Professor Geoff Masters.

Speaking in Sydney ahead of the first in a series of nation-wide seminars for school leaders on the use of student achievement data, Professor Masters said Australia had the opportunity to learn from overseas experience and avoid simple but problematic approaches to the construction of school league tables.

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University students living on campus more engaged, says AUSSE

University students living on campus more engaged, says AUSSE

Wednesday, 17 Jun 2009

University students who live on campus are more engaged, feel more supported, and have better general development, according to the latest briefing paper from the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE).

More than 25,000 students from 29 Australian and New Zealand universities participated in the latest cycle of the AUSSE. About nine per cent of the Australian students surveyed indicated that they lived on campus in a university college or hall of residence.

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Uni degrees pay off in workforce for men more than women

Uni degrees pay off in workforce for men more than women

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Men are more likely than women to gain highly-paid, full-time work after completing university, according to a new study conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The Graduate Pathways Survey, conducted by ACER for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, canvassed more than 9,000 bachelor degree graduates five years into their careers.

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