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In keeping with a common criticism levelled at this generation — today’s students are not afraid to move on if they feel unsatisfied, unfulfilled or disengaged. More than half (54 per cent) said they would consider switching universities in order to use better levels of technology and innovation. Nearly 50 per cent said they would attend multiple universities at one time if subjects could be consolidated and credited to one degree.
This again is pertinent information when you consider so many tertiary institutions are goaled with maintaining a life-long learning relationship with a student, one that traverses their undergraduate, postgraduate, masters and ‘mid-life career switch’ or passion projects.
Today’s students are under substantial financial pressure relative to preceding generations. While baby boomers enjoyed free tertiary education and access to cheap housing stock and finance, millennials and Gen Z will commence careers with significant debt and little hope of entering the property market in the short term. No wonder they’re willing to flex their muscles when it comes to institutional loyalty, or apparent lack thereof.
Given this generation’s propensity for change, developing a longer-term view that defines and delivers an exceptional educational experience — while meeting student expectation — should be a sector-wide priority for educational institutions.
The survey says...In 2019, TechnologyOne conducted a study with 1,000 current Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students about what they want out of their university experience.
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