Giving Back to CSU
The time you have spent studying at CSU has played an important part in your life. During your time here you gained skills and knowledge and the support to help you along your chosen career path. Now that you are leaving CSU you might like to think about ways in which you can assist others during their time at CSU whilst maintaining links with the University.
- How you can help?
- Providing Feedback
- Becoming a Student Mentor
- Scholarships, bequests, prizes, awards and the Foundation
- Becoming a CSU ambassador
- Professional Placements
How can you help?
There are many ways in which you can give back to your University and many require very little time or effort, just some careful reflection on your experiences. Ways you can make a real difference to CSU and the students who will follow you include:-
- Providing feedback to improve the way we do things
- Giving of your time to assist students as a mentor
- Donating to Scholarships, bequests, prizes, awards
- Being an ambassador for CSU
- Joining the CSU Alumni Community
- Providing professional placements for CSU students in your workplace
Joining the online Alumni Community provides you the opportunity to let us know that you are interested in giving back to CSU. Go to the Interests section under Update your Details on the online Alumni Community and tick the boxes.
From time to time the University may ask for your feedback. Sometimes this may involve the completion of a survey, other times it may be a request to share your experiences for the benefit of future students as those who have contributed to this guide have done. Other requests may be more formal such as the Australian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) as described below.
Completing the Australian Graduate Survey
The Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) is conducted annually by the Office of Planning and Audit in association with Graduate Careers Australia one component being the Graduate Destination Survey (GDS).
The purpose of the GDS is to collect information on the main employment destinations of our graduates.
The survey is sent to you in hard copy and also via your E-Box only when you have completed your degree and will be sent to you in October or April depending on your completion date. It is important to the University that you participate in this opportunity for feedback and give some thought to your responses. The results are carefully analysed and used for the continued improvement of services and support for CSU students.
If you would like further information on the survey, please contact the Office of Planning and Audit.
Completing the AUSSE
The Australian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) is administered annually by the Office of Planning and Audit in association with the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER). The AUSSE is a comprehensive survey that has been designed to stimulate evidence-focused conversations about students’ engagement in university study. The questionnaire contains questions regarding students’ involvement in a broad range of activities and conditions that are linked with high-quality learning.
This survey may be sent to you in hard copy and also via your E-Box during August – if you are in the sample chosen. It is important to the University that you participate in this opportunity for feedback and give some thought to your responses. The results are carefully analysed and used for the continued improvement of services and support for CSU students.
If you would like further information on the AUSSE, please contact the Office of Planning and Audit.
Becoming a student mentor
Think back to when you started at University and all the questions you had. Would it have been helpful to have been able to talk to someone who had recently been through the same experience? Student mentoring has been found to be extremely helpful in assisting students make a successful transition to University and can have some real benefits for the mentors as well.
The online Alumni Community provides you the opportunity to let us know that you are interested in becoming a student mentor. Tick the mentor box in the Interests section under Update your Details.
Scholarships, bequests, prizes, awards and the Foundation
Friends of Charles Sturt University, both corporate and individual, are able to provide support to the University through the Charles Sturt Foundation. Donations have helped Charles Sturt University become one of the largest regional universities in Australia and allow graduates and staff to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of their communities.
Continued support helps Charles Sturt University place a priority on areas of regional and professional importance as well as provide valuable assistance in the way of scholarships to students.
To become a valued supporter of Charles Sturt University make a donation or contact the Foundation
Being a CSU ambassador
Being a CSU ambassador is a very simple way in which you can give back to CSU. We encourage you to acquaint those around you – your family, your friends, your work colleagues and your local community – with the advantages of coming to CSU to study and give them a real insight into the CSU experience.
You can also become involved in careers markets and visiting schools in your area or even provide us with a testimonial that we can use in our advertising materials eg Prospectus and Alumni website. Please contact The Alumni Office at email@example.com to provide a testimonial or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to offer your help at careers markets or visiting schools.
Providing professional placements
Professional placements are vitally important and play a key role in the work integrated learning of many courses at CSU. These placements allow our students to experience life in the “real world” and give them an opportunity to establish vital networking contacts within their chosen profession.
You can play a valuable role in this process by offering to place CSU students in your workplace. If this decision is not within your area of responsibility you can raise it with your employer as an ambassador for CSU. If you would like information on providing professional placements, please register on the online Alumni Community and tick the Work experience/practicum placement box in the Interests section under Update your Details.