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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

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

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

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

Organisational approaches to e-learning in the tertiary sector: An annotated bibliography

Organisational approaches to e-learning in the tertiary sector: An annotated bibliography This report gives an overview of the research literature relating to approaches adopted by tertiary sector organisations when planning or implementing e-learning.

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

Date Published: April 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

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

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

Assessing skills of adult learners in 2011

Assessing skills of adult learners in 2011 This is an initial statistical report on the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool in terms of the extent of its use in 2011, the first full year of implementation, the reading and numeracy profiles of learners when first assessed, and the extent to which learners can be seen to have increased their reading and numeracy skills over the course of the 2011 year.

Author(s): Chris Lane, 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

CoREs and effect

CoREs and effect This report analyses the performance of the Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) across five dimensions – the impact of the CoRE’s on the New Zealand economy and society, research quality, research collaboration, the academic impact of research and knowledge transfer.

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

Date Published: February 2013

Moving on up: What young people earn after their tertiary education

Moving on up: What young people earn after their tertiary education This report forms part of a series called Beyond Tertiary Study. It looks at the outcomes for young people who complete a qualification in the New Zealand tertiary education system. It looks at differences in incomes and employment rates for different types of qualifications. So the information in this report can help young people as they make decisions about what to study.

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

Date Published: January 2013

Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2012

Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2012 The Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2012 provides information on the scheme and those who borrowed from it in 2011, as well as the financial schedules for the year to 30 June 2012. The information in the report aligns with the outcomes framework developed by the agencies that manage and administer the scheme. Key findings in the report are:
  • The nominal value of loan balances was $13.0 billion as at 30 June 2012.
  • 207,000 students borrowed from the loan scheme in 2011 (74 percent of eligible students). As at 30 June 2012, 701,000 people had a student loan with Inland Revenue.
  • The median repayment time for those who left study in 2008 and remained in New Zealand was 5.5 years.

Author(s): Ministry of Education

Date Published: December 2012

Profile & Trends 2011: New Zealand's Tertiary Education Sector

Profile & Trends 2011: New Zealand's Tertiary Education Sector This is edition 14 in an annual series on the tertiary education sector.

The key findings for 2011 were:
  • 456,000 students were enrolled in formal study programmes in 2011, including 48,100 international students.
  • There were more young people taking on higher-level tertiary qualifications in 2011, while enrolments in non-degree qualifications decreased due mainly to fewer enrolments by people aged 25 years and over.
  • International student numbers are likely to rise further in 2012.

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

Date Published: November 2012

2011 Tertiary Education Enrolments

2011 Tertiary Education Enrolments
  • Shift from lower to higher-level qualifications continues in 2011 - a greater proportion of tertiary students are studying higher-level qualifications that take longer to complete.
  • Formal enrolments decreased by 7.3 percent from 2010 to 2011, while the decrease in the amount of study was smaller (down by 2.4 percent).
  • A fall in non-degree enrolments by people aged 25 years and over was the main driver of the decrease in enrolments from 2010 to 2011.
  • Upward trend in international student numbers continues in 2011.

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

Date Published: May 2012

Commercialisation of university research

Commercialisation of university research This occasional paper uses new data from the University Commercialisation Offices of New Zealand to look at trends in the commercialisation of university research in New Zealand. The paper discusses the importance of research to innovation and hence, to economic growth. If also discusses aspects of the current university research funding system and looks at business investment in research in New Zealand.

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

Date Published: March 2012

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