Unique Student Identifier
February 6, 2013 1 Comment
The USI Universal Student Identifier public consultation was held in Brisbane today and I have to say that it was an interesting event,
or should I say non-event. It is clear that DIISRTE have made a decision that they are going to move forward with this and that it is a good thing and that really this was not so much a consultation process rather it was more of an information update of what was going to happen. So lets take a bit of a look at what they said and what I think of it;
- Overall I am in favour of the concept of a single identifier for all VET students conceptually it makes sense and allows for much easier validation of student result or it will at some point in the future as the data starts to build up. That’s right, it will only collect and validate date from 1 January 2014, there will be no data held in the system relating to any VET qualifications issued prior to that date only for qualification issued after that date. Is this a big issue, yes and no, it means that for people like me my qualifications list is never going to be complete on the national system, in fact given that there is not a lot more VET courses that I would see myself undertaking it will be very sparse indeed. They did however have to start somewhere and trying to link all of the qualification data together would be more than a nightmare and in the long run providing it all works and stays in place there will be a system for validating student qualifications.
- There seemed to be a real lack of knowledge on the part of the presenters around the sorts of data, including AVETMISS that was collected and reported by RTO to the government and I don’t think they understood that for a lot of people in the room the statement, ‘It is just another field on your AVETMISS data collection that you need to report when you report your AVETMISS didn’t really seem to capture the impost both in terms of staff and financial considerations that RTO’s may and I say may here, have to endure to get this up and running.
- I can see that there is going to be or there could be an extensive time lag around the ability of the system to generate a validated transcript. AVETMISS data is only required to be uploaded by 31 March for the previous years activities, so therefore unless RTO are required to more regularly update their AVETMISS uploads people who complete their qualifications in March or April of one year will not see their qualifications in the verified system for at least 12 months, which to some extent seems to defeat at least some of the purpose of the system.
I would be interested to hear what everyone else has to say about the USI and its impact on RTO’s both big and small.