TEQSA releases new resource to aid admissions transparency
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has released a new online resource to assist Australian higher education providers in implementing the sector’s agreed principles for admissions transparency.
The Good Practice Note: Making higher education admissions transparent for prospective students provides higher education providers with examples and practical advice aimed at supporting them with the effective implementation of the approach to admissions transparency agreed by the Admissions Transparency Implementation Working Group.
The Good Practice Note, which complements TEQSA’s previous online resource Advice on Admissions Transparency, focuses on accessibility, consistency and comparability, data presentation and quality and applicant assessment.
TEQSA CEO Anthony McClaran said having clear and transparent admissions processes were important in assisting prospective students to find good quality admissions information, enabling them to compare courses and providers and make informed study choices.
“The sector’s aim is to ensure that students make the best choices for themselves. Without the right admissions information, prospective students may not even apply for a course, or they may make decisions that result in them dropping out, leading to poor student retention and reduced learning outcomes,” Mr McClaran said.
“This Good Practice Note aims to further support and promote the approaches of providers in relation to admissions transparency, consistent with TEQSA’s fundamental purpose to safeguard student interests and the reputation of Australia’s higher education sector,” he said.
“I hope that providers will find this Good Practice Note to be an important resource in helping develop admissions practices that support prospective students in making informed study choices, building on the excellent work that has already been done.”
In line with the sector-wide approach to implementing a greater degree of admissions transparency, TEQSA will embark on a summative evaluation of the progress made so far in September this year.
Higher education providers seeking guidance or assistance with implementing admissions transparency, can contact TEQSA at admissions [at] teqsa.gov.au or (03) 8306 2443.
TEQSA acknowledges and thanks Janet Beard for her work in helping develop and produce this Good Practice Note. Janet is a Tertiary Education Consultant and Honorary Senior Fellow, LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management, University of Melbourne.
- View the Good Practice Note: Making higher education admissions transparent for prospective students
TEQSA media: comms [at] teqsa.gov.au, tel 0437 143 012