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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

Profile & Trends 2012: New Zealands Tertiary Education Sector

Profile & Trends 2012: New Zealands Tertiary Education Sector This is edition 15 in an annual series on the tertiary education sector.

The key findings for 2012 were:
  • 422,000 students were enrolled in formal study programmes in 2012, including 47,700 international students.
  • Enrolments in degree and higher qualifications by students aged 18 to 24 years continued to increase.
  • Enrolments in non-degree qualifications continued their downward trend.

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

Date Published: October 2013

In Pursuit of Excellence: Analysing the results of New Zealand's PBRF Quality Evaluations

In Pursuit of Excellence: Analysing the results of New Zealand's PBRF Quality Evaluations This report analyses the results of the three Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluations. It also examines the types of research outputs and categories of peer esteem and contribution to the research environment items submitted in evidence portfolios. There is also an analysis of researcher pathways over time.

This report compliments a previous Ministry of Education study that examined the impact of the PBRF in a variety of areas ranging from research impact to completion rates of higher research degrees.

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

Date Published: August 2013

An analysis of collaborative journal article authorship at New Zealand universities

An analysis of collaborative journal article authorship at New Zealand universities This paper summarises the findings from previous studies of research collaboration in New Zealand and presents a new analysis of collaboration in New Zealand universities.

Author(s): Warren Smart and Roger Smyth, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education and Shaun Hendy, MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

Date Published: August 2013

The Changing Structure of the Public Tertiary Education Workforce

The Changing Structure of the Public Tertiary Education Workforce This report provides an analysis that allows us to see how institutional strategies have evolved in the light of changing policy over the last ten years (2001 to 2011). Key findings include:

  • Polytechnics and universities now employ a higher proportion of professors due to the ‘drag effect’ of an ageing workforce, that is, people entering as lecturers and staying to become senior lecturers or professors.
  • Universities now employ a higher proportion of senior academic staff, in response to the greater focus on research performance.
  • Universities have moved to more part-time teaching staff to help manage the costs of the shift to senior academic staff.
  • Universities and polytechnics now employ a similar proportion of part-time teaching staff

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

Date Published: May 2013

Studying engineering at university: Who is eligible and who decides to study it?

Studying engineering at university: Who is eligible and who decides to study it? This report considers the question: 'How many students leave school with the pre-requisites that enable them to study engineering?' In addition it investigates the likelihood of these students going on to study engineering in their first year of study at university. It also considers the transition of students to science degrees at university, and compares them to the transition to engineering degrees.

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

Date Published: March 2013

Slow repayers: The characteristics of borrowers who make slow progress in reducing their student loans

Slow repayers: The characteristics of borrowers who make slow progress in reducing their student loans This report looks at people who used the Student Loan Scheme (SLS) and left tertiary study between 2000 and 2006, and focuses on those who make slow progress towards repaying their loans.

Author(s): Nick Chen and Michael Webster, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: March 2013

Staying the course: school leavers completing their first one-year non-degree qualification

Staying the course: school leavers completing their first one-year non-degree qualification This study looks at the performance of young tertiary students studying in their first one-year non-degree qualification. Performance is measured as to how likely it is they complete that same qualification.

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

Date Published: March 2013

Analysis of the impact of the PBRF: Interim findings

Analysis of the impact of the PBRF: Interim findings

This report examines the quantitative evidence on the impact of the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) in a variety of areas ranging from research impact to completion rates of higher research degrees.

This report is complemented by an analysis of PBRF 2012 Quality Evaluation results, released August 2013.

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

Date Published: February 2013

Engagement is key

Engagement is key This report presents the findings of a small scale piece of qualitative research with nine providers delivering programmes to young people. The purpose of this research is to understand the experiences of implementing the Assessment Tool. This report supplements the quantitative analysis of first results from the Assessment Tool reported in Lane (2012). There is interest in both the results coming out of the Assessment Tool and the experiences of implementation.

Author(s): Jacqui Haggland, Ahikiwi Research and Consulting and David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: February 2013

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