Pathways and skills development are key achievements but SA universities lag behind in graduate employment

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is leading the way when it comes to enrolling students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, according to The Good Universities Guide 2017, released today by the Good Education Media.

UniSA received five stars for both ‘social equity’ and ‘skills development’ — one of only two universities in Australia to rank highly in both categories.

UniSA Vice Chancellor, Professor David Lloyd, said the university’s consistently high ‘social equity’ performance relates directly to its commitment to providing talented people with opportunities, regardless of their background.

“Making opportunities for more Australians, and more Australians from a diverse range of backgrounds, not only to come to university but to be successful, is a core UniSA value. Across the board, our graduates consistently achieve the best employment outcomes in the state. And as we celebrate 25 years since our foundation, we have been reminded again and again of the value of our commitment to equity, in the many thousands of graduates who are now using the confidence, knowledge and skills they gained at UniSA to make a difference in their communities, both locally and globally.”

UniSA also lead the state for graduate employment, at 74 per cent, ahead of the University of Adelaide (66 per cent) and Flinders University (55 per cent).

Chris Lester, Chief Executive Officer of the Good Education Media, said that graduate employment can be complex.

“Careful reading of The Good Universities Guide shows that graduate employment is not just about the university a student attends. It can be influenced by other factors, such as local employment markets or demand for students who may have more industry experience, including mature-age students or students who’ve studied part time.”

Chris added, “Australian students traditionally don’t look beyond their home state for study destinations. Only five per cent of South Australians leave their home state to attend university and approximately the same percentage of students studying in South Australia have come from interstate.

“Prospective students are missing out on some terrific opportunities on offer at South Australian universities, but if strong employment outcomes are a priority, universities beyond South Australia are delivering.”

The Good Universities Guide 2017 provides the only independent five-star performance ratings of Australian undergraduate courses and their providers.

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Top performers

GUG17 SA ratings table

About the ratings 

Quality of educational experience

This rating looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the overall quality of their educational experience.

Overall employment

This rating compares the employment rates of graduates from different universities. It looks at the proportion of graduates who were employed full time four months after completing their course. Data has been sourced from the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) and is based on the results of the Graduate Destination Survey.

Overall salary

This rating compares the median salary of graduates from different universities. Data has been sourced from the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) and is based on the results of the Graduate Destination Survey.


About The Good Universities Guide

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