Universities Australia welcomes the opportunity to respond to the three discussion papers on the measurement of Higher Education performance. We have provided a single submission in order to highlight the interrelationship between the papers. Although the properties of the individual instruments are important, it is the synergy created between them that is critical to the overall value of the functions they perform and the purpose to which they are deployed.
Universities Australia strongly supports efforts to improve and clarify the data and the methods that generate them, especially when new instruments are being added to the existing suite of surveys already in use across the sector. We also point out that the need for more and higher quality data to measure and benchmark Australia‟s university system and to inform the allocation of funding was well recognised by the Report of the Higher Education Base Funding Review.
The Review made many recommendations in relation to the measurement of quality to benchmark Australian university performance, noting that improving the quality of outcomes across all areas of teaching and learning will require appropriate levels of base funding per student that are sustained so as to support demand-driven funding into the future.
To read Universities Australia's full submission, please see the attachment below.