The release of the Australian Department of Education and Training discussion paper, Redevelopment and Audit of the Higher Education Data Collection, late last year allowed for a formal consultation process to drive improvements in the collection of higher education data. The Grattan Institute publicly released their full submission this month, which includes support of a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and removes inconsistencies in ATAR reporting. The last significant audit of this kind was back in 2004, so the outcome of these consultations will be one to watch in coming months as it should enable a more efficient and timely reporting process.
With this activity in mind, don’t miss the upcoming AAIR SIG Forum in Canberra (early bird registration ends on 24 May 2018). The theme this year is Politics, Planning and Performance: Good Governance Starts How? Sub-themes include:
Finally, this month’s institutional researcher is Dr Richard Price, Lead Data Scientist, Planning and Analytical Services at Flinders University. Richard discusses the value of advanced analytics — and jogging!
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