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University Experience Survey (UES)

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The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) led the development and administration of the University Experience Survey (UES) for the Australian Government in 2011 and 2012. The UES was developed in conjunction with the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Sydney. The UES provides information that universities and government can use to improve teaching and learning. 

The 2012 UES collection was the first time in Australian higher education that an independent agency had implemented a single national collection of data on students’ university experience. The survey was also the largest of its kind with all 40 Australian universities participating. From July to October, over 450,000 students were invited to participate in the 2012 UES and responses were received from over 110,000 students via an online or telephone instrument. 

All universities were provided with a report on the findings at their institution, as well as a data file of the results. In addition, the Australian Government received an overall data file and a national report was prepared.