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Uni admissions to become clearer

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Katina Curtis

Budding university students will soon be able to compare course entry requirements without having to wade through a fog of double-speak.

The federal government will set up a one-stop shop for students and their families, with information about higher education admissions.

It will also require universities and admissions centres to use the same language when laying out entry processes, requirements and thresholds so students can better understand what's needed.

The changes are among 14 recommendations from Peter Shergold's Higher Education Standards panel, which the government has accepted in full.

"These reforms are about clearing away the fog and double-speak that has clouded higher education admissions processes so prospective students can make well-informed decisions about if and what they want to study," Education Minister Simon Birmingham said on Friday.

"We've heard too many stories about students who have changed courses, dropped out because they made the wrong choices about what to study, students who didn't realise there were other entry pathways or who started a course with next to no idea of what they were signing themselves up for."

The government has also released updated information on graduate outcomes and university experiences on its Quality Indicators for Learning and teaching website.

It shows students at private institutions Bond University and the University of Notre Dame Australia are the most satisfied with their overall educational experience.

Some of the nation's top research institutions - the universities of Sydney, NSW and Western Australia - were at the bottom of the pack in terms of numbers of students satisfied.

Senator Birmingham has asked Prof Shergold's panel to now examine how universities can boost course completion rates and what are the best ways to help students succeed.

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