Ali Radloff works as a Research Fellow as part of the Higher Education Research
Programme at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). During her time at
ACER, she has been closely involved in several large-scale survey and assessment projects
run within Australia and internationally. She has worked on a diverse range of projects
in the areas of student admissions, student learning, teaching, student outcomes, and
academic leadership. She has worked with all Australasian universities as well as several
other higher education and tertiary education institutions, peak bodies and government
agencies. As part of her work in higher education research, Ali manages the Australasian
Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE), a large cross-national survey of undergraduate
students, postgraduate coursework students and academic staff at Australian and New
Zealand universities, private providers and tertiary education institutions. She has also
worked on many other projects in the tertiary education area including the development of
the University Experience Survey (UES), Online Leadership Learning System (OLLS), the
Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) Quality Indicators project, and the
Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO). Ali has also been involved in
other non-higher education research projects, including the Programme for International
Student Assessment (PISA), and National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy
(NAPLAN). Prior to coming to ACER, Ali worked as a project manager in market research and
managed various government and non-government research projects. She holds a Bachelor of
Arts, with Honours in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. 

Refereed Articles


Allies in learning: critical insights into the importance of staff-student interactions in university education (with Sarah Richardson), Teaching in Higher Education (2014)

Discussions of the quality of learning in university education often focus on curricula. Less attention...



Research report : higher education enrolment growth : exploring recent change by provider type (with Daniel Edwards), ACPET Journal for Private Higher Education (2013)

This paper provides a snapshot of the higher education sector following recent policy changes that...



Engaging international students in Australian tertiary education : linking leadership with learning (with Hamish Bennett Coates), International Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (2010)

This paper argues that while Australia has been enormously successful enrolling international students, this may...


Contributions to Books


Monitoring and improving student engagement (with Hamish Bennett Coates), Tertiary education in Australia (2013)

Higher education is a co-produced activity. The time and effort students devote to learning and...



Measurement of student engagement in learning (with Hamish Bennett Coates), Encyclopaedia of the sciences of learning (2012)



Growth and ‘quality’ in higher education (with Daniel Edwards), Research Developments (2014)

Strong growth in university enrolments may not necessarily be affecting quality, according to analysis by...




Promoting Regional Education Services Integration: APEC University Associations Cross-Border Education Cooperation Workshop: Discussion Paper (with Sarah Richardson), Higher Education Research (2014)

This discussion paper was prepared to inform the APEC workshop on Promoting Regional Education Services...

Graduate destinations survey Abu Dhabi pilot: project report (with Sarah Richardson and Mollie Tobin), Dr Sarah Richardson (2014)


Higher education enrolment growth, change and the role of private HEPs (with Daniel Edwards), Higher Education Research (2013)

This paper offers a mapping of change in higher education enrolments through the 2009 to...



2012 University Experience Survey National Report (with Hamish Coates, Rebecca Taylor, Richard James, and Kerri-Lee Krause), Higher Education Research (2012)

How students experience university plays a major role in their academic, personal and professional success....



Student engagement at New Zealand private training establishments (PTEs) : key results from the 2011 pilot of the AUSSE, Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) (2012)

In 2011, a pilot of the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) was conducted with...