Higher education research

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Graduate students, Graduate study, Measures, Program evaluation, Research skills, Satisfaction, Student experience, Questionnaires, Higher education


A review of the Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire (PREQ) was conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training. The PREQ was developed in 1999 to collect information on core aspects of the HDR experience, and is currently administered as part of the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) which is conducted with recent graduates from Australian higher education institutions. The PREQ currently provides information to government, universities and other stakeholders that help inform improvements to the quality of HDR training. This project was conducted in two phases. Phase 1 of the project aimed to review the existing PREQ instrument to determine whether it is still appropriate for measuring the experience of higher degree by research (HDR) students in Australian higher education, and whether it is meeting the needs of data users. Phase 2 of the project involved the redevelopment, testing and piloting of a revised PREQ instrument. The results from both phases of the PREQ review are provided in this report.

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Canberra, Australia


Commonwealth Department of Education and Training