CAUL Advisory Committees

Higher Education Standards Panel Communique

The latest Communique from the HE Standards Panel is now available:
It clarifies the intended use of “Reference Points” in the standards, and gives more information on the proposed framework they intend to use for the revised standards. The Framework may consist of the following categories: Participation and Attainment, Learning Environment, Teaching, Research, Quality Assurance, Governance, Management, Representation and Information. More information on each category is available in the Bulletin.


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New suite of National Higher Education Surveys announced

Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, has launched three new National Higher Education Surveys. The survey suite has been designed to cover the student life cycle from commencement to employment. Senator Evans made the announcement while speaking at the Australian Awards for University Teaching National Ceremony on 19 November in Canberra.

The National Higher Education Surveys will improve transparency in the higher education sector and help to improve the quality of teaching and learning in universities. The surveys will be a snapshot of what students value most in universities and are an important part of the ongoing interaction with the student population. From 2013, the suite of surveys will include the University Experience Survey (UES). It will survey current university students about their satisfaction and engagement with their studies.

This will build on the 2012 UES which was administered as a nation wide survey across all universities for the first time this year.  Results from the University Experience Survey will be published on the MyUniversity website subject to consultation with the sector that the UES results are robust and valid.

In addition to the UES, the suite of surveys will include a redesigned Graduate Outcomes Survey.  The current Australian Graduate Survey will continue to be administered until 2014 in the transition to the new centralised suite of surveys. The Australian Government has also undertaken to develop a new survey of employer needs and satisfaction with graduates in line with the recommendations of the Advancing Quality in Higher Education (AQHE) Reference Group report.

The Australian Government will engage an independent organisation to centrally administer the suite of surveys commencing from 2013, ensuring they are implemented equitably and efficiently, reducing the administrative burden on universities and increasing the quality of data produced. Development of the survey suite has been overseen by the Advancing Quality in Higher Education Reference Group, chaired by Professor Ian O’Connor, Vice- Chancellor of Griffith University.

(DIISRTE (2102) Higher Education 2020 Newsletter Issue 12, December.

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3rd Annual E-Learning Summit, Melbourne March 2013

Designed to give Higher Education researchers, online course developers, teaching fellows and academics/lecturers an update on the latest ideas, technologies and strategies for providing online education, the 3rd Annual E-Learning Summit returns on the 6th and 7th March 2013 in Melbourne.

The conference agenda will examine the use of online and information communication technologies to improve student learning and aims to help facilitate pedagogical innovation in online course design and delivery.

Professor Rory McGreal, UNESCO/ Commonwealth of Learning Chair in OER, Athabasca University, Canada, will speak on “Building the Open Educational Resource” and will facilitate an in-depth post-conference workshop on the OER model.

If you would like to find out more about:

  • Speaking opportunities, please contact Leah Dansie at
  • Sponsorship & exhibition opportunities, please contact Samuel Wilson on (+61 2) 9080 4371 or email
  • Finalised summit program, please register your interest here

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A new open-access resource from the University of Central Florida

A new open-access resource from the University of Central Florida — the Blended Learning Toolkit— contains resource for improving both student performance and retention on a broad scale:

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The (US) Association of College and Research Libraries Award for Assessment in Action project

The (US) Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has been awarded a (US) National Leadership Demonstration Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the project Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success. The grant funding of $249,330 will support ACRL, in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The funding is for development programmes (in each case a one year programme, over three years, involving teams from a total of 300 libraries). “Librarians who participate in the program, supported by a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network, will lead their campus teams in the development and implementation of an action learning project examining the impact of the library on student success and contributing to assessment activities on their campus.”

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