Students retained in study

This indicator shows the proportion of students in a given year that complete a qualification or re-enrol at the same tertiary provider in the following year.

If students are staying in tertiary study and working toward completing a qualification, then they are considered to be ‘retained in study’.

Students who are retained in study have a greater chance of completing their qualifications.

Students leave part-way through their study for all sorts of reasons. However, the retention of students in study provides an indication of how well students are engaged and supported by their tertiary provider.

Overall performance

The following tables show the retention rate by level of qualification and by type of provider between 2011 and 2014.

The rates represent the proportion of Student Achievement Component (SAC) and Youth Guarantee (YG) funded students in a given year that complete a qualification, or re-enrol at the same organisation in the following year.

 

Table 1: Proportion of SAC-funded students retained in study across all tertiary providers by level of qualification
Level of study Rate
2011
EFTS
delivered
2011
Rate
2012
EFTS
delivered
2012
Rate
2013
EFTS
delivered
2013
Rate
2014
EFTS
delivered
2014
Level 1-2 49% 17,636 57% 17,303 61% 15,514 61% 13,444
Level 3-4 51% 50,828 61% 51,300 65% 51,097 66% 49,914
Level 5-6 56% 27,053 60% 26,587 62% 25,266 62% 24,303
Level 7-8 80% 127,856 83% 129,469 83% 127,708 84% 126,583
Level 9-10 85% 12,482 87% 12,666 88% 12,743 88% 13,424

 

Table 2: Proportion of SAC-funded students retained in study by provider type
Type of
tertiary provider
Rate
2011
EFTS
delivered
2011
Rate
2012
EFTS
delivered
2012
Rate
2013
EFTS
delivered
2013

Rate
2014

EFTS
delivered
2014

Universities 79% 117,928 82% 118,490 84% 116,660 84% 115,769
Institutes of Technology
and Polytechnics
49% 65,240 60% 66,886 64% 63,088 66% 61,194
Wānanga 68% 24,528 71% 24,553 73% 24,702 72% 23,945
Private Training Establishments* 63% 28,461 66% 27,441 67% 27,889 67% 26,767
Table 3: Proportion of YG-funded students retained in study across all tertiary providers by level of qualification
Level of study Rate
2014
EFTS
delivered
2014
Level 1-2 55% 7,061
Level 3-4 70% 2,555
Table 4: Proportion of YG-funded students retained in study by provider type
Type of tertiary provider Rate
2014
EFTS
delivered
2014
Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics 68% 2,330
Wānanga 72% 568
Private Training Establishments 56% 6,670

 

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