Supporting scholarly writing about graduate qualities
- Background literature
- Developments at other ATN Universities
- Developments in other Australian universities
- UniSA staff articles and conference papers about graduate qualities
There is no doubt that a major shift in the discourse of higher education has occurred over recent years. The move toward a mass rather than an elite system, economic restructuring as a result of rapid, converging technological change, a public policy environment which pursues quality assurance and educational reform through accountability for university teaching and a globalised, knowledge-based economy that emphasises the links between education and economic competitiveness for both individuals and nations have all played a part in the increased focus on higher education as preparation for employability.
The links below are to DEST publications which have influenced the higher education move to qualities, attributes or skills.
- 2007 Report commissioned by the
Business, Industry and Higher Education Round table for the Federal
Employability Skills Report (674.2 KB)
The Quality of Higher Education
99/7 Employer Satisfaction with Graduate Skills: Research Report
Executive Summary (HTML 15KB)
Full Report (pdf 492KB)
Author - ACNielsen Research Services
- 00/2 Repositioning Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Australian Higher Education
Full copy (pdf 529KB)
Authors - Grant Harman & V Lynn Meek
- 00/1 Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Australian Higher Education: An assessment of Australian and international practice
Full copy (pdf 529KB)
Authors - Don Anderson, Richard Johnson & Bruce Milligan.
Generic capabilities of ATN university graduates This report is the outcome of a reflective, developmental process involving six academic development staff and thirteen course teams in the five ATN universities. The project involved the analysis of case studies from each institution, a review of the existing literature on graduate capabilities and reflection on the issues highlighted through the integration of the case studies with the literature.
- Curtin University of Technology
- Queensland University of Technology
- University of Technology, Sydney
- University of Canberra
Generic skills and attributes of University of Canberra graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate coursework courses
Generic skills and attributes of University of Canberra graduates from higher degree by research programs
- University of New England
Graduate Attributes at UNE
- University of Sydney
University of Sydney Generic Attributes of Students
- University of Wollongong
Attributes of a Wollongong Graduate
- University of Southern Queensland
Attributes of a USQ Graduate
These UniSA staff have published an article or conference paper about graduate qualities and included it on their staff home page.
Examples of graduate quality projects in UniSA are available as exemplars.