Factors influencing university enrolment decisions

This project is being conducted by A/Prof Bruce Christensen, A/Prof Martin Sellbom, Prof Michael Smithson, and Mr Alex Smith at the Research School of Psychology (College of Medicine, Biology & Environment) at the Australian National University.

This is a 20 minute online survey study to explore decision making with regard to university course/major/degree choices. The survey will measure basic demographic information, and will include a choice-based conjoint task. This task involves selecting the most desirable university and university degree from a set of hypothetical universities and university degrees. Choice-based conjoint methodology has a long history in market research and is a well-established tool for identifying factors that people consider important when making decisions.

Respondents must be a) prospective undergraduate students (school leavers or mature age students) who are looking to commence an undergraduate degree in 2017, and are considering studying psychology (as a major/specialisation/degree etc.) or b) current undergraduate students who may be considering a psychology elective or c) parents of prospective undergraduate students. The survey will open until 03 March 2017.

Use of Data and Feedback
Data will be used to determine how students consider factors relevant to undergraduate studies when choosing what degrees to study and electives to take. Data will be included in a report to be submitted to the Research School of Psychology that details the findings, and may also be included in publications submitted to peer-review journals and/or professional conferences. Following completion of the study, a summary of findings will be available to participants upon request.

Voluntary Participation and Withdrawal
You may terminate your involvement at any point before, during, or after the survey. If at any point you wish to have your data removed, you will need to contact either Alex Smith or A/Prof Bruce Christensen (see details below) and provide your unique identification number. Your data will then be deleted.

By participating in this survey, you will go into the draw to win one of two $250 Westfield Gift Cards. The winners will be randomly selected from all completed survey entries on 10 March 2017, and notified on 13 March 2017. You will need to be contactable between 13 March 2017 and 27 March 2017 in order to acknowledge notification and provide the investigators with your nominated postage address. If contact cannot be established in that time, you will forfeit the prize.

There are no foreseeable risks or hazards associated with this study, however if any of the questions cause you anxiety or distress, we encourage you to contact one or more of the following telephone counselling services:

Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14
eheadspace (for 12 to 25 year olds): 1800 650 890
Kids Helpline (for 5 to 25 year olds): 1800 55 1800

The goal of this study is to understand what students look for in a university course/degree/major and will allow us to optimize and tailor undergraduate programs to offer the best learning experience at the Research School of Psychology. While your participation will benefit others, you may not benefit personally from this research. There will be no personal follow-up or promotion of psychology by the investigators.

Confidentiality will be protected as far as the law allows. As you will be providing identifying details in the survey, your responses are not anonymous. However all identifying details will remain confidential, and only the investigators and technicians at the survey hosting company will have access to the data. All identifying details will be removed prior to inclusion in any report, publication or presentation of the data. The prize draw will be opt-in; and should you wish to enter, you will provide the investigators with contact details that can be used to notify you if you win the prize draw. Your contact details will not be disclosed by the investigators, however if you win the prize draw, the investigators cannot guarantee your anonymity (although your survey responses will remain confidential as far as the law allows).

Privacy Notice:
The ANU Privacy Policy can be found at https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_010007 and contains information about
• how you can have access or seek correction to your personal information,
• complain about a breach of an Australian Privacy Principle (APP)
by ANU and how ANU will handle the complaint.

Data Storage
Data will be collected and stored on the Research School of Psychology Sawtooth account, and will be available only to the investigators and technicians associated with the survey hosting company. Data will be stored for a minimum of five years following publication. After this time it may be destroyed or archived for future use by the Research School of Psychology. Archived data will be de-identified.

Investigator Contact Details
Associate Professor Bruce Christensen
Room 130
Research School of Psychology, ANU
+61 2 6125 2814

Mr Alex Smith
Room 116
Research School of Psychology, ANU
+61 2 6125 3827

Ethics Committee Clearance
The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any concerns or complaints about how this research has been conducted, please contact:

Ethics Manager
The ANU Human Research Ethics Committee
The Australian National University
Telephone: +61 2 6125 3427
Email: Human.Ethics.Officer@anu.edu.au