The Student Experience Survey is an Australian Government funded survey of student satisfaction across all universities and around 90 higher education providers in Australia. See Student Experience Survey (qilt.edu.au).
In 2021, ACT was first in the country in the Student Experience Survey for the quality of the entire educational experience for undergraduate and postgraduate students for institutions with over 1,000 students. This was the fifth year in a row that the ACT came in first place. Other Christian educational institutions also tend to do very well in the QILT survey.
Where does PTC sit within the ACT data? In the most important category of ‘overall experience’, PTC routinely achieves well above average. The 2021 result was 100%. The average for other ACT colleges was 94.4%.
How does PTC receive these excellent results? First, PTC moves forward in faith and prayer, relying on the blessing of our great God and Saviour. Secondly, we have a focused team of lecturers and staff and a committed student body that seeks to glorify God and serve Him, so we have the results that only a close-knit community can achieve. Thirdly, these sorts of results are not guaranteed. We are genuinely committed to providing the best student experience that we can and we respond to emerging issues as quickly as possible, including responding to data from surveys conducted by the Government, the ACT, and our own internal reviews. Finally, perhaps it should be said that a key to getting good survey results is not to be too focused on getting good survey results. We focus on the task at hand – training people for ministry and growth in Christian maturity.
Other QILT results for PTC in other categories in 2021 include:
PTC student completion rate in 2022 semester 1 for undergraduate and postgraduate students was 93.4% and 95.8% respectively. In other words, almost all PTC students complete their courses. These are very high completion rates and are above the average for other ACT colleges.
The ACT conducts a survey of one unit per semester that is taught across all the ACT colleges. In 2022 semester, the unit was OT001, Old Testament Foundations (an introductory-level Old Testament unit). PTC received above the average of ACT colleges in three of the four main areas.
More specific results include: