A breakdown of The Good Universities Guide 2020 ratings

A breakdown of The Good Universities Guide 2020 ratings

The annual Good Universities Guide ratings have been revealed! This annual data reveals statistics and rankings of different universities across Australia, allowing you to make informed decisions when selecting a university to suit your own personal preferences and needs.

These performance ratings and rankings are created using a combination of resources provided by the Department of Education, and graduate and student experience surveys in Australia.

Our ratings are divided into three broad categories: The Student Experience, Graduate Outcomes and Characteristics.

The ratings are summarised in the table below, along with the top university in each category. Note that these rankings are simply indicators that you can use to gain comparative insights into the varying strengths and characteristics of each institution.

Rating typeDefinitionTop University
Social EquityThe proportion of domestic students enrolling at each university from low socioeconomic or disadvantaged backgroundsCQUniversity
Student DemandWhere high-achieving students choose to study compares the proportion of commencing students with high ATAR scores at each universityThe University of Melbourne and UNSW
Student:Teacher RatioThe number of students per teaching staff memberBond University
First GenerationThe proportion of domestic students commencing a bachelor degree whose parents' education is known and did not exceed Year 12Bond University
Learner EngagementThe proportion of students who felt they were engaged with learning in their institutionBond University
Overall ExperienceThe proportion of students who were satisfied with the overall quality of their educational experienceThe University of Notre Dame Australia
Learning ResourcesThe proportion of students who were satisfied with the learning resources provided by their institutionBond University
Skills DevelopmentThe proportion of students who were satisfied with the skill development they experienced through their studiesBond University
Student SupportThe proportion of students who were satisfied with the support they received from their institutionBond University
Teaching QualityThe proportion of students who were satisfied with the quality of teaching they experiencedBond University
Starting SalaryThe median salary of graduates from different universitiesCharles Darwin University and The University of Southern Queensland
Full-Time EmploymentThe employment rates of graduates from different universitiesCharles Sturt University
Student RetentionA university's retention of domestic students through to a second year of studyBond University
Staff QualificationsThe proportion of staff who hold a masters or doctoral degreeThe Australian National University

Top performers

Bond University has once again taken the top spot for student retention, followed by The University of Melbourne in second place. If you’re focused on about how much you’re going to once you’ve finished studying, the University of Southern Queensland or Charles Darwin University achieved the highest median graduate salary of $65,200.

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