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Student Load (EFTSL)

There are two different common measures used to report on student enrolments: headcount and load

Load refers to the Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL) and is a useful measure for understanding the volume of teaching.

EFTSL is essentially a measure that takes is based on the number of courses a student is enrolled in during the calendar year. So a student who enrols in enough courses across the year be considered full time (usually 8 courses for a coursework student) will have an EFTSL value of 1.0. A student enrolled in four courses across the year may have an EFTSL value of 0.5

Student Enrolments (Official Headcount)

There are two different common measures used to report on student enrolments: official headcount and load.

Headcount provides a count of individual students enrolled at The University. When students are enrolled in more than one program within the same calendar year, they are counted against the program classified as the ‘major’ program by the Department of Education. This is usually the program with the most EFTSL.

Student Administration

There is a range of reports designed to provide staff involved in student and academic administration with operational information to assist with tasks such as graduation or direct application processing, enrolment checking and Higher Degree Research (HDR) student and scholarship administration. Some of the key reports include:

Student Retention, Progression and Academic Performance

A series of reports are available to monitor how different cohorts of students perform academically. These reports include data on student retention/attrition, pass rates (progress/success) and grades (average GPA or grade distributions). Some of the key reports are listed below.

Note that some of these measures can also be found in the Academic Quality Assurance reports.

Program Management

A number of reports are available to help UQ staff with Academic Quality Assurance (AQA) for coursework programs, for example with program reviews and annual quality review processes. The reports allow easy access to a wide range of information about a particular program in one location, and are complemented by additional topic-specific reports.