About universities

In 2014, the Tertiary Education Commission allocated Student Achievement component funding to all eight universities, which funded from approximately 2,700 to over 29,000 equivalent full-time students.

Government expectations of universities

The Government expects universities to:

  • enable a wide range of students to successfully complete degree and postgraduate qualifications;
  • undertake internationally recognised research; and
  • create and share new knowledge that contributes to New Zealand's economic and social development and environmental management.

Universities are expected to do more than teaching and learning; they also have an important research role. However, the performance information presented here does not include information about research.

The performance information about research can be found in the Performance-Based Research Fund section.

How enrolments influence performance

The nature of enrolments at a specific university will influence its performance. For example, part-time and extra-mural students often have work or family commitments and cannot devote as much time and energy to their studies. They may also have different study goals. For example, Massey University has a large extra-mural role.

In addition, the Canterbury earthquakes impacted on both Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury and decreases in enrolments can have flow on effects on qualification completion and retention, in particular.

TES priority groups

The Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) sets high expectations for the performance of tertiary education organisations and prioritises an outcomes focus especially for industry, Māori and Pasifika learners and at risk young people.

The following tables show how those groups performed in 2012, 2013 and 2014 compared to all students at universities.

Table 1: 2014 educational performance for Student Achievement Component-funded students in the University sector
2014
EFTS delivered Successful completion
of courses
Completion
of qualifications
Student progression
levels 1-4
Student retention
Overall

115,769

86%

81%

50% 

84%

Māori

11,662

80%

66% 

54%

77%

Pasifika

8,275

71%

55% 

87%

77%

Under 25

86,556

86%

74%

67%

87% 

Table 2: 2013 educational performance for Student Achievement Component-funded students in the University sector
2013
EFTS delivered Successful completion
of courses
Completion
of qualifications
Student progression
levels 1-4
Student retention
Overall

116,660

86%

81%

49% 

84%

Māori

11,394

80%

71% 

44%

77%

Pasifika

7,874

70%

59% 

82%

77%

Under 25

86,202

86%

72%

67%

87% 

Table 3: 2012 educational performance for Student Achievement Component-funded students in the University sector
2012 EFTS delivered Successful completion
of courses
Completion
of qualifications
Student progression
levels 1-4
Student retention
Overall

118,490

86%

80%

62% 

82%

Māori

11,519

80%

68% 

61%

75%

Pasifika

7,551

72%

60% 

83%

76%

Under 25

86,030

86%

72%

75%

87% 

Qualification completion rates can be affected by increases or decreases in enrolments which can result in variability in the reported performance between years.

  • Last changed: 4 August 2015
  • Last verified: 4 August 2015