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Trends in fields of study of bachelors degree graduates in New Zealand

Trends in fields of study of bachelors degree graduates in New Zealand

This report looks at trends in the fields of specialisation of bachelors degree graduates in New Zealand over the period 2002 to 2006. It uses newly developed, more detailed, and more reliable information on field of study than has previously been available.

Teacher education, business and management, and studies in human society, sales and marketing, law and nursing were the most common fields of specialisation for domestic bachelors graduates in 2006. The fastest growing areas have been biological sciences, law, communication and media studies, and social work and counselling. The fastest declining areas were information technology, teacher education, education studies, and accountancy.

The report also analyses field of study differences between provider types, domestic and international, male and female, and between different ethnic groups.

Accompanying this report is a large range of new tables on field of study.

 Provider-based enrolments: field of study
 Provider-based equivalent full time students (EFTS): field of study
 Field of specialisation for students gaining qualifications


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

Date Published: April 2009

Making an impact

Making an impact This report analyses the bibliometric performance of New Zealand universities between 1994 and 2007 using data from Thomson Reuters. The report also examines the impact of the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) on the academic impact of research by staff at New Zealand universities, as measured by citations per publication. In addition, the report compares the bibliometric performance of New Zealand universities with Australian universities.

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

Date Published: March 2009

Labour market outcomes of student support recipients

Labour market outcomes of student support recipients This study examines the relationship between receipt of student support and earnings three and five years after tertiary education.

Author(s): Bhaskaran Nair, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis & Reporting, Ministry of Education

Date Published: March 2009

‘Well-being and education’ and ‘How well do qualifications predict literacy and numeracy’: short analyses from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey

‘Well-being and education’ and ‘How well do qualifications predict literacy and numeracy’: short analyses from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey These two fact sheets provide short analyses from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey 2006. They look at:
  • The relationship between New Zealanders’ education level and their assessment of their well-being
  • The extent to which educational qualifications can be used to predict literacy and numeracy levels

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

Date Published: March 2009

Does it really matter where you study?

Does it really matter where you study? This report compares the earnings of people who have completed a bachelors degree at a university with the earnings those who completed a similar qualification at a polytechnic.

Author(s): Roger Smyth, Jamie Hyatt, Bhaskaran Nair and Warren Smart [Ministry of Education]

Date Published: March 2009

State of Education in New Zealand

State of Education in New Zealand This is the home page for the annual State of Education in New Zealand publication series. This report presents a picture of New Zealand’s education system with indicators on participation, achievement, effective teaching, labour market outcomes and resourcing across the early childhood, schooling and tertiary sectors. This report has been superseded by the Education Sector Indicators.

Author(s): Strategy and System Performance, Ministry of Education

Date Published: 2006-2008

Changes in Student Allowances in 2007

Changes in Student Allowances in 2007 The number of student allowances recipients rose by 5 percent in both 2006 and 2007 reaching 62,500 in 2007. These increases followed a period of falling uptake.

Author(s): Central Forecasting and Modelling Unit [Ministry of Education]

Date Published: December 2008

Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2008

Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2008

The Annual Report for 2008 provides information on the scheme and those who borrowed from it in 2007, as well as the financial schedules for the fiscal year to 30 June 2008.

Key findings in the report are:

  • The nominal value of loan balances was $9.573 billion as at 30 June 2008
  • 174,000 students borrowed from the loan scheme in 2007 (66% of eligible students)
  • As at 30 June 2008 530,000 people had a student loan with Inland Revenue for collection
  • The median repayment time for those who left study in 2005 is forecast to be 7 years.

Author(s): Ministry of Education

Date Published: October 2008

Released on Education Counts: 16 December 2010

Profile & Trends 2007: New Zealand's Tertiary Education Sector

Profile & Trends 2007: New Zealand's Tertiary Education Sector This is edition 10 in an annual series on the tertiary education sector. Profile & Trends 2007 has an associated set of tables available on the Tertiary Education Statistics page here on Education Counts.

The short articles in Profile & Trends 2007 include the following topics: People in tertiary education over time: the cumulative cohort participation rate, International tertiary education, Raising the literacy, language and numeracy skills of the workforce, Identifying patterns of research performance in New Zealand's universities.

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

Date Published: November 2008

Measuring up – How does the New Zealand’s tertiary education system compare?

Measuring up – How does the New Zealand’s tertiary education system compare? Each year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) publishes Education at a Glance, a collection of indicators that compares the performance of the education systems of its member countries. The indicators in this report give us a good opportunity to view the performance of our system against the systems of other countries. Despite some limitations, the Education at a Glance indicators give us the most reliable and most complete basis for comparison currently available to us.

Measuring up looks at the tertiary education indicators and examines how New Zealand performs on the most important indicators.

Author(s): Roger Smyth & Warren Smart, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis & Reporting [Ministry of Education]

Date Published: September 2008

Educational achievements of student support recipients

Educational achievements of student support recipients This report presents the results of a study on the effects of different types of financial aid, provided through the student support system, on educational outcomes of students participating in tertiary study. The types of student support looked at included the student allowances and student loan schemes. This support is provided to improve access to tertiary education and reduce the social disparity arising out of education benefits.

Author(s): Bhaskaran Nair, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis & Reporting, Ministry of Education

Date Published: July 2008

Different Tracks - a look at the different ways New Zealanders get tertiary qualifications

Different Tracks - a look at the different ways New Zealanders get tertiary qualifications This report looks at the extent to which tertiary students change qualifications or providers during the course of their study, and the impact this has on overall tertiary system performance.

The report shows that around 5% of students change to and complete higher-level qualifications, while between 5% and 10% change to and complete lower-level qualifications. Individual provider completion rates (which exclude transfers) are between 6 and 8 percentage points lower than system completion rates (which do include transfers). Current success indicators do not always include these students. Therefore, they under-estimate performance of the tertiary education system.

Author(s): David Scott, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis & Reporting, Ministry of Education

Date Published: July 2008

Trends in measured research quality: An analysis of PBRF Quality Evaluation results

Trends in measured research quality: An analysis of PBRF Quality Evaluation results This report analyses the results of the 2003 and 2006 Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluations to identify the demographic and employment-related characteristics associated with change in the measured quality of research produced by around 2,000 staff who participated in both Quality Evaluations.

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

Date Published: July 2008

Advanced trade, technical and professional qualifications – matching supply to demand

Advanced trade, technical and professional qualifications – matching supply to demand There is a limited number of areas where it is clear that increasing the number of people with trade, technical or professional qualifications would definitely reduce skill shortages. These areas are in engineering, building and medical professions. Demand in these areas has been driven by increased use of technology, increased construction activity and increased demand for health services. In other areas examined in the report, improving the quality and relevance of qualifications is likely to be as important, or even more important, than increasing the number of people graduating.

This is report is the second in a series of three reports looking at the supply of and demand for advanced trade, technical and professional qualifications. The first report, looking at demand for qualifications is available on Education Counts.

Author(s): David Earle [Ministry of Education]

Date Published: July 2008

Post-school choices: additional short analyses

Post-school choices: additional short analyses These four fact sheets are intended to supplement the report Post-school choices by building on the statistical model used in that report but narrowing the focus to look at the post-school choices of these three groups of students
  • High achieving students.
  • Māori students.
  • Students from low decile schools.
  • In addition, the fourth fact sheet looks at how the number of unit standard credits students attain while at secondary school is associated with their post-school choices.

    Author(s): Scott Ussher, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis & Reporting

    Date Published: June 2008

Hei titiro anō i te whāinga: Māori achievement in bachelors degrees revisited

Hei titiro anō i te whāinga: Māori achievement in bachelors degrees revisited This report revisits and updates Te whai i nga taumata atakura – supporting Māori achievement in bachelors degrees. In this report, we look in greater detail at the link between NCEA results and Māori success in first-year bachelors degree study.

The findings in this report confirm the earlier study, while providing more detail on the link between school performance and tertiary success. An important finding is that Māori students enter degree study, on average, with lower school qualifications and lower NCEA results than their non-Māori peers. Māori students who had the same level of performance in NCEA as non-Māori did slightly less well on average in their first-year degree studies.

Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis & Reporting [Ministry of Education]

Date Published: June 2008

Category: English Medium

Research par excellence: The factors associated with higher research quality in New Zealand tertiary education organisations

Research par excellence: The factors associated with higher research quality in New Zealand tertiary education organisations This report applies statistical modelling to the results of the 2006 Performance-Based Research Fund Quality Evaluation to identify the staff characteristics associated with higher research quality.

Author(s): Warren Smart

Date Published: May 2008

How does achievement at school affect achievement in tertiary education?

How does achievement at school affect achievement in tertiary education? This report explores the relationship between academic achievement at secondary school and first-year achievement in tertiary education. The analysis uses a measure known as 'expected percentile' and school qualification to explain the performance of school leavers in their first year in tertiary education.

This report provides a complement to the report Post-school choices, which explores the link between school achievement and choices around participation in tertiary education.

Author(s): David Scott

Date Published: May 2008

Post-school choices: How well does academic achievement predict the tertiary education choices of school leavers?

Post-school choices: How well does academic achievement predict the tertiary education choices of school leavers? This report examines the association between academic achievement at secondary school and participation in the various types of tertiary education. This new research supports the government's goal of improving outcomes for young people.

It provides a complement to the report How does achievement at school affect achievement in tertiary education?, which explores the relationship between academic achievement at secondary school and first-year achievement in tertiary education.

Author(s): Scott Ussher

Date Published: May 2008

Advanced trade, technical and professional qualifications – identifying demand

Advanced trade, technical and professional qualifications – identifying demand Demand for people in the workplace with advanced skills is increasing. Having more people with advanced qualifications is one part of the solution. This report finds that the areas of study where there is high unmet demand for advanced qualifications include information technology, engineering, building and health.

Author(s): David Earle

Date Published: May 2008

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