MyQ – a new tertiary education information tool

MyQ - he rauemi hou mo ngā pārongo mātauranga matua

Last updated 21 December 2016
Last updated 12/21/2016

MyQ is a new information tool being developed to strengthen information available to learners about tertiary qualifications, and deliver on the Government’s objective to support better outcomes from tertiary education. MyQ logo

Learning from graduate and employer experience

MyQ gathers feedback about qualifications* from graduates and employers to help prospective learners decide what to study.

MyQ connects graduates with prospective learners so they can pass on valuable insights about qualifications and employment outcomes.

At a later stage, the tool will also give employers the opportunity to provide feedback about qualifications and their direct application and relevancy for job roles.

Graduates and employers will fill in online opinion-based satisfaction surveys, and this information will be collated and made available on the MyQ website.

MyQ collects information on every Student Achievement Component (SAC) funded qualification for level 1 to 10 (on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework). This includes qualifications delivered by universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics, private training establishments and wānanga.

Help us get graduates online and support the MyQ results

We would like your help to make MyQ a success. We need as many graduates as possible to fill in the online survey. Please email your recent graduates to ask them to fill in the survey on the MyQ website.

Here is a factsheet and media pack to support you to promote MyQ through your website, social media and other communication channels. For more information, please refer to the MyQ website.

MyQ TEO factsheet (PDF, 200 Kb)

MyQ media pack (PDF, 335 Kb)

MyQ preferred logo  (purple) (jpg, 88 Kb)

MyQ alternative logo (transparent) (png, 55 Kb)

Developing something with a difference

Online today, we have access to opinions and people’s experiences on just about any topic. We know that two out of three people use opinion-based surveys and reviews as a primary means of sourcing information before making a decision*.

Gathering feedback from graduates will help inform new learners’ study decisions and will provide valuable insights that have not been previously available.

* Nielsen (September, 2015). Global Trust in Advertising: Winning Strategies For An Evolving Media Landscape. Gretzel, U, & Yoo, KH. (2008). Use and impact of online travel reviews. Information and communication technologies in tourism 2008, 35-46.

Learner-centred information design

We have developed MyQ for learners by surveying more than 500 graduates and learners about the most valuable information to help inform study choice. We have incorporated their responses into the development of the survey questions, the tool's design and what is presented to prospective learners. When we tested the MyQ concept with graduates and learners 82 per cent told us this was something new.

Learners tell us they will use MyQ

Learners have told us that this tool will be useful and help inform study choice. MyQ will be used primarily by prospective learners (ie, anyone looking to study a tertiary qualification), but we expect careers advisers, parents and whānau, schools, and employers to also seek out information from MyQ.

Strengthening information available to learners

The development of MyQ helps broaden the availability of targeted information products to support the tertiary education decision process. MyQ complements existing products available to learners about tertiary education. 

A core benefit of MyQ for prospective learners is the ability to access feedback from graduates from a central and managed source. In time, we also expect that MyQ will provide valuable information from employers to learners and to the tertiary education organisations.

Working in partnership to deliver MyQ

The development of MyQ is part of the Government’s broader ‘Better Public Service’ programme of work and supports the Tertiary Education Strategy 2014–2019. 

The MyQ working group includes representation from providers across the tertiary education sector as well as the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA). The working group's role has been to provide feedback on the survey methodology and questions to help inform our approach.

The survey is open to graduates from December 2016

In 2016, we delivered the graduate satisfaction survey through the new MyQ website (a student-facing website that is published independently of our website). In 2017, we will build on the information available through MyQ by developing the employer survey as well as working with TEOs to investigate options for extending TEO-run graduate surveys.

Contact us

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