Excelsia College has received excellent results across the board in the 2020 QILT national survey, registering scores higher than the national average in nearly all metrics of student experience for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching) survey is Australia’s largest survey of higher education students nationwide. The report outlines student satisfaction data in institutions across Australia. It allows students to compare study experience and employment data from 135 higher education institutions across Australia.

Excelsia College is performing strongly in student metrics, including student support, skills development, and teaching quality. In the survey published by QILT, Excelsia achieved ratings above the national average in all but one student metric in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Results highlight Excelsia’s commitment to high-quality teaching and research, as well as flexible programs accessible to all students. The College outperformed most of Australia’s highest ranked universities in the teaching quality category in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, with a student satisfaction rating of 89.3% and 89.0% respectively. This highlights how all academic staff ensure an excellent learning experience through a commitment to excellence and innovation in learning and teaching.

The College has also had ongoing success in skills development, with 88.4% (undergraduate) of students feeling positive about the skills they developed through Excelsia courses. Excelsia is dedicated to delivering quality academic programs and providing extensive support services that ensure students have the skills to excel in all aspects of their professional journey once they graduate.

Peter McKeon, CEO of Excelsia College, says the current results reflect the College’s ongoing commitment to creating a rewarding and successful tertiary education experience.

“Despite the significant learning challenges associated with the outbreak of COVID-19, our undergraduate and postgraduate students rated their experience at the College in 2020 higher than the national average for nearly all student metrics. I credit these positive results to the College’s staff for their dedication in ensuring students continued receiving the best education possible during what was a very challenging year.

Our primary focus is happy, engaged students who go on to achieve great things as graduates. We are pleased this commitment has been reflected in our strong rankings across the years and in comparison, to Australia's top universities.”

Associate Professor George Odhiambo, Chief Academic Officer of Excelsia College, says the COVID-19 pandemic has been a quintessential adaptive and transformative challenge, however the College swiftly designed responses with specific contexts in mind as the pandemic ran its course.

“There was the immediate and unexpected move for us to teach previously face-to-face courses online (and in some cases we used the blended learning model) to make major adjustments to learning and teaching. Teaching staff had to prepare and deliver most of their classes from home. They had to prepare more materials (readings, videos, exercises, etc.) than what they had prepared for face-to-face interactions (discussions, presentations, etc.).

We had to create accessible materials; choose adequate digital technologies; record lectures, and caption videos and audio content; adopt inclusive, culturally responsive teaching; adopt a flexible approach to student participation; and adapt assessment to the new learning requirements.”

Excelsia’s service commitment is at the centre of all that they do. The College continues to work with students on providing a high-quality learning and teaching experience that will empower and assist them in achieving their academic and professional goals.

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