Profile & Trends 2015: Tertiary Education Sector and Student Support [Part 4 of 6]

Publication Details

This is edition 18 in an annual series on the tertiary education sector. Profile & Trends 2015: Tertiary Education Sector and Student Support is one of six annual reports that, together, constitute the Ministry of Education's annual publication Profile & Trends.

The main findings in Tertiary Education Sector and Student Support are:

  • The combined financial performance of tertiary education institutions was above the low-risk performance bands in 2015, based on the four key financial performance measures set by the Tertiary Education Commission.
  • The number of academic staff increased from 2014 to 2015, while the number of non-academic staff decreased.
  • The downward trend in the number of student allowances recipients and student loan borrowers continued from 2014 to 2015, while student loan repayments increased strongly reducing the net cash cost of the loan scheme (lending less repayments) down to $303 million.
  • Total government spending on tertiary education for the year ended June 2016 decreased on the previous year mainly as a result of lower expenditure on student loans and allowances.

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

Date Published: November 2016

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The Profile and Trends reports published in 2016 contained data on tertiary education trends and changes for the year ended December 2015, unless otherwise stated. Most of the statistics in Tertiary Education Sector and Student Support are derived from returns provided by government-funded tertiary education organisations to the Ministry of Education and the Tertiary Education Commission.

A list of figures is included at the end of the report.

The report begins with an overview of the tertiary education sector and student support trends (chapter 1). Chapter 2 covers the financial performance of the public tertiary education institutions and chapter 3 provides information on the human resources in the system.  Chapter 4 describes the funding of tertiary education. Chapter 5 covers data provided by the Tertiary Education Commission on the performance of providers by sub-sector. The report concludes with the trends in student allowances and student loan expenditure, average annual allowances and borrowing, and the characteristics of student allowance recipients and student loan borrowers.

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