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Vocational Pathways Update 2014: Successes, challenges, next steps

Vocational Pathways Update 2014: Successes, challenges, next steps

This report summarises activities and observations since the release of the Vocational Pathways in April 2013. This report has been prepared by the Ministry of Education, in consultation with the Industry Training Federation as 'co-authors' of the Vocational Pathways. We note:

  • Key resources have been developed to support the Vocational Pathways.
  • Marketing and communications activity has intensified.
  • Issues and concerns raised by stakeholders have been identified and addressed.
  • Recommended future work is outlined.

Author(s): Ministry of Education and Industry Training Federation.

Date Published: June 2014

What young graduates do when they leave study

What young graduates do when they leave study

This report focuses on the destinations of young domestic graduates. It complements our recent publication 'What young graduates earn when they leave study' which looks at the earnings of young graduates who remain in New Zealand. In this report, we focus on differences in what graduates do rather than what they earn after they complete their studies. We look not only at those who remain in New Zealand but also those who go overseas.

We also investigate whether trends in what graduates do after they complete their studies have changed in the last eight years or not (looking in detail at cohorts who graduated in 2003 to 2010). Comparing current figures to these historical ones finds that overseas rates have changed little over the past eight years, but employment, benefit and further study rates have changed, particularly during the recent global financial crisis.

This page includes two downloadable excel spreadsheets. These show results for young domestic graduates who complete qualifications at different levels and in different fields of study.

Author(s): Zaneta Park, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: June 2014

Measures of adult literacy and numeracy

Measures of adult literacy and numeracy This paper explores the relationship between the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey and the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool. Exploring the relationship between these two measures can give us a clearer understanding of the Assessment Tool results by comparing the results with internationally referenced information.

Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: June 2014

Was it worth it? Do low-income New Zealand student loan borrowers increase their income after studying for a tertiary qualification?

Was it worth it? <i>Do low-income New Zealand student loan borrowers increase their income after studying for a tertiary qualification?</i> This report looks at student loan borrowers living in New Zealand 20 to 50 years of age with pre-study incomes below the student loan repayment threshold.

Author(s): Ralf Engler, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education

Date Published: June 2014

Three Reports: On outcomes and post-study earnings for women, Māori and Pasifika graduates

Three Reports: On outcomes and post-study earnings for women, Māori and Pasifika graduates These three reports look at outcomes and post-study earnings for women, Māori and Pasifika.

Author(s): Paul Mahoney, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: June 2014

Government and sector-level tertiary e-learning initiatives

Government and sector-level tertiary e-learning initiatives This report gives an overview of the literature published between 2004 and 2013 relating to government and sector-level tertiary e-learning initiatives in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Author(s): Peter Guiney, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: June 2014

What young graduates earn when they leave study

What young graduates earn when they leave study

This report looks at the outcomes for young people who complete a qualification in the New Zealand tertiary education system. It looks at differences in incomes for different types of qualifications. The information in this report can help young people as they make decisions about what to study.

The data on earnings and destinations updates two previous reports: 'Moving on up' and 'Looking at the employment outcomes of tertiary education'. The data is also available in a query tool 'Compare Study Options' on the Careers New Zealand website. This page also includes two downloadable excel spreadsheets that contain the underlying data.

Author(s): Zaneta Park, Paul Mahoney, Warren Smart, Roger Smyth, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: May 2014

2013 Tertiary Education Enrolments

2013 Tertiary Education Enrolments
  • The number of students in formal tertiary education decreased by 0.8 percent to 418,000. When converted to equivalent full-time student units, the decrease was smaller, at 0.2 percent.
  • Domestic students declined in number from 2012 to 2013, while the number of international students increased.
  • The latest decrease in domestic enrolments was due mainly to fewer non-degree enrolments by students aged 25 years and over, while enrolments in bachelors and higher qualifications by younger students increased.
This report includes information on students: choice of provider, qualifications taken, and other important characteristics of people undertaking tertiary education study.

Author(s): Mieke Wensvoort, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: May 2014

Massive Open Online Courses

Massive Open Online Courses

Internationally, a number of emerging technologies and associated developments are becoming available that could have far‐reaching effects on the delivery of tertiary education. One of these developments is Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

The opportunities MOOCs present include the ability for institutions to extend their brand and reach to large international audiences, experiment with innovative pedagogical approaches, an ability to offer niche provision at scale, and a potential reduction of costs. Its challenges and risks include that they are not widely recognised as formal qualifications, the absence of an established business model, and their pedagogical approaches.

We have developed this paper as the start of a conversation between and among government agencies, institutions, employers and learners on the appropriate policy settings and ways to support the introduction of these emerging technologies in the delivery of tertiary education.

This paper also supports the 2014 Innovations in Tertiary Education Delivery Summit, being held in Auckland on 5 and 6 June 2014, which looks at the future of tertiary education and the role of technology in it.

Author(s): Avinash Shrivastava and Peter Guiney, Tertiary Education Commission and Ministry of Education.

Date Published: May 2014

The performance of New Zealand universities in international rankings

The performance of New Zealand universities in international rankings In this study, we examine the performance of New Zealand universities in the 'big three' university rankings: the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Author(s): Warren Smart, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: April 2014

2013 age profile of the academic staff in universities, polytechnics and wānanga

2013 age profile of the academic staff in universities, polytechnics and wānanga In 2013, the age structure of the academic staff at universities and polytechnics was substantially older than at wānanga:
  • 47 percent of the university academic staff employed in 2013 was aged 50 years and over (compared to 49 percent in 2012).
  • 50 percent of the polytechnic academic staff employed in 2013 was aged 50 years and over (compared to 49 percent in 2012)
  • 38 percent of the wānanga academic staff employed in 2013 was aged 50 years and over (compared to 38 percent in 2012.
    • Author(s): Mieke Wensvoort, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

      Date Published: February 2014

Monitoring the Youth Guarantee policy 2010-2012

Monitoring the Youth Guarantee policy 2010-2012 This report focuses on the initial implementation of the Youth Guarantee policy in the period from 2010 to 2012 and looks at how effective the fees-free places and secondary-tertiary programmes were in improving educational outcomes for young people. Youth training is also included, as funding was transferred from this programme to fees-free places.

Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: February 2014

Extramural Students’ Participation and Achievement: Trends, Patterns and Highlights

Extramural Students’ Participation and Achievement: Trends, Patterns and Highlights This report presents a view of extramural (or distance education) students’ participation and achievement in tertiary education from 2004 to 2011. It compares participation and completion rates in courses provided extramurally with intramural courses. It also looks at the prevalence of e-learning in extramural courses and compares extramural courses that are delivered by e-learning methods with those that are delivered by paper-based methods.

Author(s): Peter Guiney, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: February 2014

The Migration Patterns of Industry Trainees

The Migration Patterns of Industry Trainees This report presents new statistics on the extent to which industry trainees leave and return to New Zealand. For New Zealand industry trainees who completed a qualification in either 2003 or 2004, it examines their migration patterns over the subsequent seven years post-completion.

Author(s): Tas Papadopoulos (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) and Paul Mahoney (Ministry of Education)

Date Published: December 2013

Monitoring the recovery: Post-compulsory education in greater Christchurch

Monitoring the recovery: Post-compulsory education in greater Christchurch This report is the first in a series that will track trends in the post-compulsory education system in greater Christchurch over the next three years. This first report provides a baseline view of the sector, looking at what happened in 2011 and giving first information on how the system is recovering.

Author(s): Roger Smyth, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: December 2013

Student Loan Scheme Annual Reports

Student Loan Scheme Annual Reports

This is the home page for the Student Loan Scheme Annual Report publication series. The Student Loan Scheme Annual Report has been tabled in Parliament each year since 2001 and provides public accountability information to government and New Zealanders to show that the scheme is achieving its primary objective – ensuring that tertiary education is financially attainable to all New Zealanders.

Each report provides information on the loan scheme and its performance, as well as statistics on those borrowing under the scheme and their repayment behaviour. In addition, each report contains financial schedules for the most recent fiscal year.

Author(s): Ministry of Education, Inland Revenue, the Ministry of Social Development and Statistics New Zealand

Date Published: Annually

Domestic postgraduate enrolments in 2013: early indications

Domestic postgraduate enrolments in 2013: early indications

In this paper, we access preliminary enrolment data to analyse the number of domestic students studying at the postgraduate level in 2013, and how this compared to the previous three years.

We complement the analysis of student enrolments by also presenting interim data on student loan borrowers and student allowance recipients.

Author(s): Warren Smart, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: November 2013

Looking at the employment outcomes of tertiary education: New data on the earnings of young graduates

Looking at the employment outcomes of tertiary education: New data on the earnings of young graduates

This report looks at the outcomes for young people who complete a qualification in the New Zealand tertiary education system. It looks at differences in incomes for different types of qualifications. The information in this report can help young people as they make decisions about what to study.

The data on earnings and destinations updates a previous report Moving on up. The data is also available in a query tool 'Compare Study Options' on the Careers New Zealand website. This page also includes two downloadable excel spreadsheets that contain the underlying data.

Author(s): Zaneta Park, Paul Mahoney, Warren Smart, Roger Smyth, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: October 2013

2012 Tertiary Education Enrolments

2012 Tertiary Education Enrolments
  • The shift from lower-to-higher level qualifications that started in 2005, continued in 2012. This trend is likely to increase the number of New Zealanders with high-level skills, in line with government's aim to lift productivity.
  • Domestic students declined in number from 2011 to 2012 due to fewer non-degree enrolments by students aged 25 years and over.
  • More domestic students enrolled in bachelors degrees in 2012 than in 2011. Also, study loads continued to increase (on average). This increase in bachelors degrees was due to more enrolments by students aged 18 to 24 years.

Author(s): Mieke Wensvoort, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: October 2013

Moving Through: Tertiary Education Strategy Monitoring 2010-2012

Moving Through: Tertiary Education Strategy Monitoring 2010-2012 This report covers progress against the 2010-15 Tertiary Education Strategy for the period to 2012. The information in this report is intended to inform Ministers of the overall progress being made against the Strategy; provide system-level, contextual information to inform ongoing policy and planning by the Ministry of Education, the Tertiary Education Commission, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and other government agencies; provide context for the monitoring of the tertiary education Crown Entities (Tertiary Education Commission, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Education New Zealand and Careers New Zealand); provide alerts to any possible need to reconsider the policy mix; feed into developing future priorities and strategy, including the next Tertiary Education Strategy and inform broader public debate about the direction of the tertiary education system.

The report is accompanied by a set of cross-strategy indicators that provide enduring measures of the overall health of the tertiary education system.

Author(s): Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: October 2013

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