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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2007 Tertiary Education Enrolments

2007 Tertiary Education Enrolments
  • More young New Zealanders – those aged 18 to 24 years – studied bachelors degrees and bachelors degrees with honours, postgraduate certificates and postgraduate diplomas in 2007. This result shows progress to one of the priority outcomes for tertiary education.
  • Formal tertiary education enrolments fell from 2006 to 2007, while the amount of study remained virtually the same through slightly higher study loads.
  • Author(s): Mieke Wensvoort, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: April 2008

    Students’ Transition between School and Tertiary Education: 2nd Edition

    Students’ Transition between School and Tertiary Education: 2nd Edition The purpose of this document is to report on recent trends in school leavers’ transition between school and tertiary education.

    Author(s): Marian Loader & Jacinta Dalgety, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: April 2008

    Research project on International Student Exchanges – Sending our Students Overseas (2008)

    Research project on International Student Exchanges – Sending our Students Overseas (2008) This research reports on the uptake of study abroad opportunities by New Zealand tertiary students. The research was undertaken by Victoria University on contract to the Ministry of Education. The report provides key reasons for low uptake of study abroad by New Zealand students; proposes a number of factors which students and institutions could consider to increase the attractiveness of exchange programmes; and includes downloadable Guidelines for New Zealand tertiary education institutions to help promote and support international student exchange opportunities for New Zealand students.

    Author(s): Stephanie Doyle, Phil Gendall, Carolyn Tait, Luanna Meyer, Janet Hoek, Lynanne McKenzie, & Avatar Loorparg.

    Jessie Hetherington Centre for Educational Research, Victoria University of Wellington, in collaboration with the Department of Marketing, Massey University

    Date Published: March 2008

    The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Overview and International Comparisons

    The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Overview and International Comparisons This report is the first in a series of four that investigate the initial results of the ALL survey. It examines any changes in literacy and numeracy skill between the 1996 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) survey - results collected in New Zealand in 2006. It also compares the results from the New Zealand ALL survey with those from Australia, Canada and the USA.

    Author(s): Paul Satherley, Elliot Lawes and Saila Sok, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: March 2008

    How the PBRF has shifted research funding

    How the PBRF has shifted research funding This factsheet looks at the extent to which the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) has or has not resulted in shifts of funding between sub-sectors and, within the university sub-sector, between universities. It first considers the extent of funding shifts by comparing the shares of total research funding allocated in 2007. It then analyses the effects of the weightings that apply to different subject areas in the PBRF.

    Author(s): Roger Smyth

    Date Published: February 2008

    Monitoring research: a synthesis of Ministry of Education analyses of tertiary education research 2004-2008

    Monitoring research: a synthesis of Ministry of Education analyses of tertiary education research 2004-2008 This report presents a synthesis of the findings of Ministry of Education research between 2004 and 2008 into the research performance of New Zealand’s tertiary education sector.

    Author(s): Warren Smart & Roger Smyth

    Date Published: February 2008

    Pasifika peoples in tertiary education in New Zealand: 2006

    Pasifika peoples in tertiary education in New Zealand: 2006 This is edition one in an annual series on Pasifika tertiary education students. There is an associated set of tables available on the Pasifika Tertiary Education Statistics page here on Education Counts.

    This fact sheet presents information on the qualifications Pasifika students are taking, where they are studying, field of study, student allowances and loans and other important characteristics of Pasifika students. Also included is information on Pasifika employees in industry training and their 2006 income distribution.

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

    Date Published: February 2008

    Pasifika tertiary education students by ethnicity: 2006

    Pasifika tertiary education students by ethnicity: 2006 This is edition one in an annual series on Pasifika tertiary education students by ethnicity. There is an associated set of tables available on the Pasifika Tertiary Education Statistics on Education Counts.

    This fact sheet includes the trends in participation in tertiary study for the various Pasifika ethnicities: what qualifications students are taking, where they are studying, field of study, age groups, and other important characteristics of Pasifika students. Also included are some comparisons with international students from the Pacific.

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

    Date Published: February 2008

    Changes in Student Allowances in 2006

    Changes in Student Allowances in 2006 The Student Allowances Scheme was introduced in 1989 to help students from low-income families meet their living costs while studying full-time.

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

    Date Published: January 2008

    The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: An Introduction

    The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: An Introduction This publication is intended as an introduction to the ALL survey. It explains the nature of the ALL survey, its application and how the ALL survey results will be presented. It contains none of the ALL survey results.

    Author(s): Paul Satherley and Elliot Lawes, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2007

    Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2007

    Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2007

    The Annual Report for 2007 provides information on the scheme and those who borrowed from it in 2006, as well as the financial schedules for the fiscal year to 30 June 2007.

    Key findings in the report are:

    • The nominal value of loan balances was $9.413 billion as at 30 June 2007
    • 167,000 students borrowed from the loan scheme in 2006 (56% of eligible students)
    • As at 30 June 2007 499,000 people had a student loan
    • The median repayment time for those who left study in 2003 and remained in New Zealand is forecast to be 6 years.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education

    Date Published: November 2007

    Released on Education Counts: 21 December 2007

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