What do university planners do?

The functions and activities undertaken by staff in the planning units of Australia’s universities vary in range and focus, but have many commonalities.  The ‘top 15’ activities led by planning units in descending order of frequency are:

  1. Reporting against University Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  2. Undertaking student load planning for budgeting
  3. Submission of student load estimates to Government
  4. Coordinating KPI target modelling and setting
  5. Coordinating involvement in national student and graduate surveys (QILT)
  6. Providing advance analytics services
  7. Providing Business Intelligence services
  8. Responding to ad-hoc requests for data
  9. Supporting university strategic planning
  10. Preparing data submissions for University rankings
  11. Providing Data Warehousing services
  12. Preparing student data collection submissions to Government
  13. Undertaking competitor analysis and external benchmarking
  14. Managing student unit/teaching evaluations
  15. Undertaking University ranking reporting and analytics.

All planning units also contribute to a range of other university activities.

(Source: 2016 member benchmarking survey)