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Education performance data published

Education performance data published

Last updated 18 September 2017
Last updated 09/18/2017

Each year we publish educational performance indicators (EPIs) for each Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) we fund. EPIs are one set of measures used to help assess the performance of TEOs and to make future investment decisions. We have published EPI data since 2010.

To view this year’s EPI data, visit the Educational performance reports on individual TEOs page.

Overall, 2016 sector performance was generally consistent to prior years and it is heartening to see good qualification completion rates continue across all providers.

The main takeaway from this year’s data is an improvement in progression to higher level study for those learners who completed a level 1 to 4 qualification. This is important because there are greater economic returns to learners with higher level qualifications. 

Encouragingly, wānanga showed the most improvement in cohort-based first year retention rates, climbing 20 percent to 61 percent in 2016.

New performance measures introduced

For 2015 data, for Student Achievement Component (SAC) and Youth Guarantee (YG) funded tertiary education organisations, we introduced two new measures to replace the existing qualification completion and retention measures. These were a cohort-based programme completion rate and a first year retention rate.

For 2016 data, we have introduced similar measures for industry training organisations (ITOs) - a cohort-based programme completion rate and a first year retention rate for those trainees in apprenticeship programmes. This data shows a consistent level of retention of apprentices with rates in the 72-78 percent range.

However, moving to cohort based rates for industry training organisations has thrown up some anomalies due the introduction of New Zealand Apprenticeships in 2014 and how the transfer of trainees to this scheme was managed. This has meant for some industry training organisations, a low cohort-based programme completion rate is shown which does not reflect their actual performance. 

Overall sector performance

Overall results are shown in the tables below.

Results for universities, institutes of technology & polytechnics, wānanga and private training establishments 

 

Cohort-based Qualification Completion (all students)

Cohort-based First Year Retention (all students)

Course Completion
(SAC & YG funded students)

 

2015

2016

2015

2016

2015

2016

Universities

60%

63%

77%

78%

86%

86%

ITPs

52%

51%

65%

59%

80%

78%

Wānanga

68%

68%

41%

61%

79%

77%

PTEs

63%

64%

60%

62%

78%

76%

Overall

59%

59%

71%

71%

82%

82%

 

 

Retention

(SAC & YG funded students)

EFTS-weighted Qualification Completion (SAC & YG funded students)

Progression from Level 1 – 4 (SAC & YG funded students)

 

2015

2016

2015

2016

2015

2016

Universities

84%

85%

80%

80%

66%

69%

ITPs

66%

63%

74%

72%

35%

36%

Wānanga

64%

69%

71%

70%

31%

34%

PTEs

71%

61%

74%

74%

35%

37%

Overall

74%

72%

77%

76%

34%

36%

Results for industry training organisations

 

Credit Achievement

First Year Retention Apprentices

Programme  Completion

(cohort-based)

Programme Completion Rate (existing)

 

2015

2016

2015

2016

2015

2016

2015

2016

Industry Training Organisations

80%

80%

n/a

72%

n/a

62%

75%

78%

Next year’s publication aims to make the educational performance indicators data more accessible and interactive by enabling the data to be viewed by, for example, ethnicity, age and region.

We are also going to make greater use of the depth of information we have to increase our focus on the performance of Māori and Pasifika learners.