Gauging participation in WIL and its impact through the Graduate Outcomes Survey

ACEN developed five items which its members are able to include in the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) at no cost. The Graduate Outcomes Survey is a component of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) suite of surveys, commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Thirty of ACEN’s members opted to include the items in their 2020 GOS, and 31 in their 2021 GOS. The online surveys gathered data from graduates who completed their courses during these two year periods, four to six months after completing their studies.

The main objectives of the five ACEN items were to measure:

  • participation in WIL,
  • participation in employability-related activities (extra- or co-curricular),
  • participation in paid work activities, and
  • influence of WIL and employability-related activities on graduate outcomes.

ACEN members who opt into including the five items in their GOS receive data as part of their institutional GOS dataset, provided by the Social Research Centre.

ACEN receives the aggregated data set for all participating members from the Social Research Centre and releases a summary report of findings each year. These reports provide important national benchmarks to which institutions can compare their own performance.

The summary reports can be found here: