Share your thoughts and suggestions about your USC experience
The University is committed to listening to the views of its students and to acting on student feedback. Throughout the year you will be invited to participate in a range of surveys designed to inform the continuous review and improvement of USC’s teaching, courses, programs, services, facilities and resources.
The development, success and welfare of the University’s students are the main focus of these surveys.
For the opportunity to have your say check your USC email account daily and watch out for invitations to participate in surveys such as those shown below:
Student Evaluation of Teaching and Courses (SETAC)
All students: SETAC evaluations collect valuable student feedback on teaching and courses at USC. Evaluations are conducted throughout the year and your participation is strongly encouraged.
Check your USC email account or review the My SETAC - Evaluate Teaching and Courses module on Blackboard for a list of your open SETAC evaluations.
SETAC results are distributed to the relevant teacher or Course Coordinator, Executive Dean, Head of School, Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and Program Coordinators after the official release of student grades for the teaching period.
The results reports include all free-text comments as provided by students when completing the evaluation.
The adjacent table shows when SETAC evaluations for second half of 2017 and first half of 2018 teaching periods are open for student completion.
|Teaching Period||SETAC evaluations available online|
|Trimester 3||26 Jan - 25 Feb 2018|
|USC Melb/Syd Sem 3||8 Feb - 18 Mar 2018|
|Session 1||15 Feb - 11 Mar 2018|
|Session 2||12 Apr - 6 May 2018|
|Trimester 1||10 May - 10 Jun 2018|
|Semester 1||17 May - 3 Jul 2018|
|USC Melb/Syd Sem 1||24 May - 3 Jul 2018|
|Session 3||7 Jun - 3 Jul 2018|
|Session 4||5 Jul - 29 Jul 2018|
|Session 5||2 Aug - 26 Aug 2018|
Further information regarding the release of SETAC data is detailed in Section 9 of the Student Evaluation of Teaching and Courses (SETAC) – Procedures.
For more information visit: SETAC, including frequently asked questions.
Selected students: The SES is a national survey which is conducted for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Student feedback is very important and contributes directly to the quality of teaching and learning for current and future students.
Invitations to participate in the Student Experience Survey (SES) will be sent to current undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students’ USC email accounts during August each year. Alternatively, students can log into Blackboard, and click on the survey link in the "Surveys to Complete" module.
For more information visit www.usc.edu.au/ses.
International Student Barometer (ISB)
International students: The International Student Barometer (ISB) is a national survey conducted annually by i-graduate. The ISB collects valuable feedback from international students on their USC experience. Students’ responses to this survey help identify what is working well and where USC may need to improve in terms of learning, support and student life in general.
A link to the ISB is included in an invitation email sent to new and continuing international students’ USC email accounts in April each year from email@example.com.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS)
Graduates: The GOS is a national survey of recent graduates carried out by The Social Research Centre. The survey collects information from graduates about their study experience and the type of work or further study they undertake after completing a qualification.
USC uses the results of the GOS to further develop its courses and programs, maximise students’ study experiences and to provide informed advice to students about career opportunities. GOS results will also inform higher education policy development and may be reported by media and publishers.
Invitations to complete the GOS are emailed half yearly in May (second half year graduates) and November (first half year graduates). A link to the online GOS will be emailed by the Social Research Centre (Email: email@example.com).
Receive your graduate pen
In appreciation for completing the GOS, USC survey respondents will receive an exclusive USC Graduate pen.
Survey participants are also eligible for other prizes.
Graduate Outcome Survey - Longitudinal
Graduates: The GOS-L is a longitudinal study that connects with university graduates to collect information on graduates’ labour market outcomes.
Students who complete an award at USC and complete the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) will receive an email invitation three years after their program completion. The GOS-L invitation will be sent from firstname.lastname@example.org during February of each year.
For more information, including specific dates regarding the next GOS-L and information about incentive prizes, visit Graduate Outcomes Survey-Longitudinal (GOS-L) or contact the Social Research Centre via email: email@example.com.
2017 Survey of Australian University Student Finances
In September, USC participated in the 2017 Survey of Australian University Student Finances. This study of the financial circumstances of students at Australian Universities was undertaken by the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (MCSHE) for Universities Australia, of which USC is a member, and the National Union of Students.
The purpose of the national survey is to understand the current financial circumstances of both domestic and international undergraduate and postgraduate (coursework and research) students studying at Australian universities. The findings of this study will benefit students by helping universities and government better understand students: their work patterns, income, family commitments and concerns.
The resulting report will compare the 2017 findings with the previous studies undertaken for Universities Australia by the MCSHE in 2012 and 2006 (University student finances in 2012).
For more information visit: 2017 Survey of University Student Finances.