The University of New England has maintained its unrivalled record of “five-star” graduate satisfaction as reported in the annual Good Universities Guide.
The five-star (maximum) rating for “overall satisfaction” in the newly-published Guide for 2013 means that UNE has achieved this rating for 13 out of the past 14 years – an achievement matched by no other Australian university.
UNE also achieved five-star ratings for “teaching quality”, “Indigenous participation”, and “access by equity groups”.
“UNE’s record for ‘five-star’ student experience sets it apart from other universities,” said the Vice-Chancellor of UNE, Professor Jim Barber. “We work hard to engage our students through creating the best possible learning environments. Given that 80 per cent of our students are external, we focus less on the traditional lecture style of teaching and more on making personal connections with students.”
“Our on-campus students, many of whom live in our residential colleges, enjoy small class sizes and ease of access to their teachers,” Professor Barber said. “The colleges promote extracurricular activities while also maintaining a strong academic focus to assist students with their studies.”
The ratings for “overall satisfaction” and “teaching quality” are based on the Course Experience Questionnaire, which is part of the annual survey of graduates conducted by Graduate Careers Australia. Among the individual fields of study at UNE most highly rated in the new Guide under these two categories are Accounting, Environmental Studies, and Sciences.
The ratings for “Indigenous participation” and “access by equity groups” are based on information published by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. These ratings mean that the proportion of students from designated equity groups – and those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent – enrolling at UNE puts the University in the top 20 per cent of Australian universities in this regard.
“We are proud of our diverse student base, which is the result of a continuing strategy of social inclusion with a focus on regional and remote students,” Professor Barber said. “We work hard to ensure that we offer students, no matter what their backgrounds and circumstances, the right tools and assistance to complete their studies.”