As promised Minister Tehan has released a report on Performance-Based Funding for Higher Education. The report outlines four performance metrics for universities:
- Student success, as measured by first-year attrition rates but accounting for shifts into vocational education;
- Participation by equity groups – Indigenous, low socio-economic status, and regional and remote students;
- Graduate outcomes, as measured by overall graduate employment rates for UG students; and
- Student experience, as measured by student satisfaction with teaching quality (QILT) for UG students
Releasing the report yesterday at the University of Wollongong, Minister Tehan told reporters the model was “not a carrot and stick” because universities would be rewarded for performing well and would receive “a financial payment to help improve” performance in other areas.
Campus Morning Mail noted the NTEU response, arguing the performance targets will have,“foreseeable, albeit presumably unintended, perverse consequences.” Graduate employment is “beyond the control of universities” and measures including student satisfaction, “will see university staff come under greater pressure to improve pass rates and consequently reduce quality and threaten the reputation of the Australian university sector.”