In October 2016, the Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) released its report Improving the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions. They found an increasing variety of application pathways and admissions processes in higher education, with many inconsistencies in the way admissions requirements are expressed.
A sector-led working group was established in early 2017 to develop a practical response to the HESP’s recommendations, which includes changes to the way ATAR and other academic requirements are presented.
The Admissions Transparency Implementation Plan sets out the objectives and timeframes agreed to by key stakeholders in the Australian higher education sector to implement the HESP’s recommendations.
The implementation plan sets out six objectives:
- Standardised presentation of admissions information
- Adoption of common admissions terminology
- Revised ATAR-related thresholds and definitions
- Tertiary Admission Centres adopt more consistent approaches and reporting and streamline interstate application processes
- TEQSA monitoring and guidance on admissions transparency
- New national admissions information platform
A staged approach to implementation is being taken. By the end of August 2017 institutions need to deliver a limited set of information in the new format to inform students entering study in 2018. The implementation plan explains what information should be provided and if the information is not hosted on the provider’s own website, links to the full institution and/or course set should be prominently located on the provider’s site and easily found by prospective students looking for information. Note: there is no requirement to send information to TEQSA by the end of August.
TEQSA has commenced a formative evaluation of sector compliance and will report to the Implementation Working Group in October 2017. Learning from the formative evaluation, TEQSA will then prepare a draft Guidance Note on best practice in compliance with the admissions transparency elements of the Higher Education Standards Framework, for release in December 2017. In 2018 TEQSA will commence monitoring and reporting of admissions transparency in the Higher Education sector, and in 2020 will complete a comprehensive review and evaluation of the sector’s response to the HESP’s recommendations.
Enquiries about this project should be directed to admissions [at] teqsa.gov.au or telephone 03 8306 2463.
The Department of Education and Training and TEQSA co-presented an information session on Admissions Transparency Implementation Plan on 30 August 2017.
View a recording of the webinar (available via Dropbox).
Download the Questions and Answers from the session.
All information and updates about the Admissions Transparency Project will be emailed to higher education provider’s principal contacts. If you are not a TEQSA principal contact and would like to be added to the mailing list, please enter your information in our online form.