ACAP students and graduates awarded their college ‘Distinctions’ in most categories of the annual survey, Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching survey (QILT). The research project by the Social Research Centre of the Australian National University measures satisfaction with national learning institutions and collates graduate employment outcomes.
“The results affirm ACAP’s commitment to the student experience and reflect ACAP’s focus on quality teaching,” said Scott Dickson, ACAP Dean and Director of Academic Services.
“It is also encouraging to see the skills development scale record such a high level of satisfaction. The skills that are developed in this indictor are important lifelong attributes which graduates can apply in a diversity of roles throughout their professional careers.”
Above average ratings
For six of the nine survey indicators ACAP scored higher than the national average of comparable institutions, with five results showing satisfaction levels of between 81 and 90 per cent.
For the section on student experience, ACAP’s highest scores were in the categories ‘overall quality of the education experience’ (81.3), ‘teaching quality’ (86) and skills development (86).
In the graduate satisfaction category, ACAP alumni returned results above the national average for the questions covering ‘overall satisfaction’ (88) and ‘skills indicator’ (90.1).
The overall result for undergraduate employment, reflecting all work types, was 81.7 per cent. By discipline, 81.1 per cent of psychology graduates gained employment and 81.4 per cent of social work students. Fifty-nine per cent of ACAP graduates found full-time jobs when their studies were completed.
“ACAP will always place students at the centre of its purpose and seeks to continue to improve the educational experience of students irrespective of their geographical location or mode of study,” said Dickson.
Desirable study options
Most ACAP courses offer on-campus or online class attendance to meet the need for lifestyle flexibility among students of all ages. Also contributing to the high satisfaction levels recorded by QILT is ACAP’s trimester schedule, which offers advantages across a variety of personal circumstances.
For example, with intakes for all programs in February, May and September school-leavers are able to take a substantial break before tertiary study other than the standard ‘gap year’. Career-changers and applicants advancing their qualifications to postgraduate level can time their course’s start according to a work or family schedule; and when a break from study is required for any reason, the delay before recommencing is minimal, compared to the semester system.