DEEWR presentations at AAIR Forum 2010

11 December 2010

Phil Aungles, Director, Performance and Analysis Unit, Higher Education Group at DEEWR bravely gave three presentations at the AAIR conference, covering Compacts and Performance Funding, Measurement of Socioeconomic Status of Students and Improving Data on University Applications and Offers.

Compacts and Performance Funding

The draft guidelines on DDEWR website. Consultation will be through November with final guidelines released in December. Compacts are the legal mechanism for performance funding. CGS and performance funding hang off the compacts.

The discussions in 2011 may changed the CGS agreement for 2012.

Performance Funding

  • Facilitation funding; starts in 2011. 
  • Reward funding; paid in 2012 and 2013, for achieving excellence target or achieving improvement target.

Targets aligned with government national objectives (equity and quality). Discussions next year will set initial annual targets for 3 years, but included discussion on 5 year aspirational goals. Universties must agree targets for all indicators. Low SES indicator acknowledges the State level low SES catchments.

Flexibility is provided to the universities through:

  • Choice of other under-represented group (must be from a nationally available dataset)
  • Use of annual averaged data, and
  • Relative weights of performance indicators may be adjusted +/- 5 percentage points.

New Indicators

University Experience Survey (UES) - question as to whether it will complement or replace CEQ. Pilot by end of next year which will provide the base for targets for 2012. Scope for International benchmarking in UES.

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) widely used in USA and in AHELO project. Will be trialled in Australia in 2011; implementation in 2012.

Teaching Quality

Longer term development of this indicator. Need data on dimensions and measures. Universities supplying data will receive reward funding.

Measurement of Socioeconomic Status of Students

The two government targets – 40% with bachelor or above qualification and 20% from low SES background – should be seen together, with the 40% being the ‘what’ and the 20% being the ‘how’.

Interim Indicator

  • Census Collector District (CCD) and CentreLink student payments.
  • 2009 full year data from CAS file. 92% coded to a CCD, with postcode used for remainder. Only 0.2% could not be coded at all.
  • Weighted 66.6% CCD : 33.3% CentreLink payments

Reference Points

  • Postcode indicator used lowest 25% on SEIFA Employment and Occupation Index.
  • CCD uses lowest 25% on SEIFA Employ and Occupation Index.
  • CentreLink – selected payments received by students from low income families. DEEWR have defined this as less than $42,200 pa as this is the lowest 25%. This information is not available to universities.

Further analysis needed on:

  • parental education – 2010 data patchy. Looking at representativeness. What is the reference point? Considering lowest 25% from Census.
  • parental occupation – divided opinion on this one. Strong indicator of social and economic status, but has additional burden of collection. If already have education, what is the additional value of having occupation?
  • school background – data from 3 datasets (ACARA, CHESNN and DEEWR enrolment).

DEEWR will use the current postcode only measure to monitor progress towards 20% target AND monitor and maintain enhanced measures.

DEEWR receives CentreLink data at aggregate institution level only, not unit record data. Institutions cannot replicate CentreLink data.

Improving Data On University Applicants and Offers

This paper looked at some of the findings that will be found in the forthcoming report. National dataset of first preference domestic undergraduate applications (Table A institutions) collected.

  • Unit record. Will include direct applications from 2010.
  • Report due for release in a couple of weeks. Data available. Make an application!!
  • DEEWR seeking comments for further research and analysis.

Unmet demand calculated using Universities Australia methodology, adjusting for double counting etc.

Will research Year 12 vs non-Year 12 and those who did not receive 1st preference offer.

Ros Clermont
Business Analyst
Planning and Assurance Services
University of South Australia

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