The Graduate Pathways Survey (GPS)
The Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) was engaged by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) in 2008 to investigate graduates’ education and employment outcomes five years after completion of a bachelor degree at an Australian university. The Graduate Pathways Survey (GPS) captured information relating to graduates’ perception of their degree, relevance of their study to their careers, and their educational and workforce participation over the five years following comp letion of their bachelor degree, in addition to respondents’ demographic characteristics and bachelor degree(s ).
The GPS provides new insights on the outcomes of Australian university education:
- A longer term (five year) outlook on graduate outcomes.
- Graduate assessment of outcomes and satisfaction.
- How graduates’ degrees are related to their work and/or study one, three and five years after graduation.
- National benchmarking of universities’ graduate outcomes.
In total, 39 Australian universities took part in the survey, all Table A higher education providers (with one exception) as well as Bond University and the University of Notre Dame participated, and nearly 10,000 Australian university graduates responded.