Australasian Survey of Student Engagement: tell us about your learning experience at AUT

Your responses to the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement help AUT University support student learning and development, monitor academic standards, manage resources and improve students’ university experience.

What is the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE)?

The AUSSE focuses on students in higher education and their interactions with their institution. It is managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research on behalf of universities in Australia and New Zealand.

The AUSSE covers aspects of teaching, the broader student experience, learners' lives beyond university and institutional support. It provides key insights into what you are actually doing and guides new thinking about best practice.

The AUSSE collects information about:

  • Active learning: your efforts to actively construct your knowledge
  • Academic challenge: the extent to which expectations and assessments challenge you to learn
  • Student and staff interactions: the level and nature of your contact with teaching staff
  • Enriching educational experiences: your participation in developmental educational activities
  • Supportive learning environment: your feelings of support within the university community
  • Work integrated learning: integration of employment focused work experiences into study

Who will be surveyed?

  • First-year of formal tertiary education students enrolled in undergraduate qualifications
  • Final-year students enrolled in undergraduate qualifications – generally third-year students who have completed around five full-time equivalent semesters of an undergraduate degree.

What happens to the information you provide?

Your responses will go directly to the Australian Council for Educational Research. They don’t have any private or personal information about you, and individual respondents can’t be identified in any data or reports.

The data help AUT support your learning and development, determine the value added by a university experience to your curriculum, manage resources, monitor academic standards and learning outcomes, and monitor programmes and services, as well as attract and retain students like you.

Key results of the AUSSE

AUT students had relatively high scores for the different sub-scales on the AUSSE, including a greater degree of active learning,staff and student engagement, supportive learning environment and work integrated learning, including the following: 
  • AUT students are more academically challenged when compared to some New Zealand universities and polytechnics that participated in the AUSSE,including(and limited to) Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Massey University, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, Unitec, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Waikato and Wellington University of Technology.
  • AUT students have a similar level of academic challenge regardless of age, gender and main home language.
  • Students who received financial support form AUT perceived their learning environment as more supportive when compared to students who did not receive financial support from the university.
  • AUT students reported as feeling more prepared for their career when compared to students from other New Zealand participating universities and polytechnics. AUT Business students reported feeling more prepared for their career compared to other disciplines within AUT.  

Congratulations to our 2012 winners

Priscilla Moore (iPad2 16GB WiFi)
Geoffrey Taripo ($100 Westfield voucher)
Roshni Prajapati ($100 Westfield voucher)

More information

More about the AUSSE research project

More about the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Go to our FAQs section to find out more about how we ensure your confidentiality and use the survey results.