Occasional Papers

Short reports on research, analysis and statistics relating to tertiary education in New Zealand.

  • How does the Ministry of Education calculate tertiary qualification completion rates?

    This factsheet describes the method used by the New Zealand Ministry of Education to calculate tertiary qualification completion, attrition and direct progression rates. It covers terminology and definitions, and provides worked examples of the calculations, as well as example data tables with guides to their interpretation.

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

    Date Published: December 2018

  • Method to determine the predominant field(s) of study of students and graduates in provider-based tertiary education

    This factsheet presents the method used by the Ministry of Education to determine the predominant field(s) of study of enrolled students and graduates at tertiary education providers.

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

    Date Published: January 2018

  • Any difference? A comparison between the Integrated Dataset on Student Loans and Allowances and the Integrated Data Infrastructure

    This report presents the findings of an analysis of student loan repayment times using the Integrated Data on Student Loans and Allowance (IDSL) and the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) datasets.

    Author(s): Jamie Hyatt and Loan Pham, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: December 2016

  • Updating the Adult and Literacy Life Skills Survey: Estimating change in skills distribution since 2006

    This paper firstly estimates the effect of population changes since 2006 on the skills distribution of the population. This provides a new estimate of the results of the ALL survey taking account of population changes since 2006 This will aid understanding of how much of the change between ALL and PIAAC is likely to be due to the changing characteristics of the population.

    Secondly, the paper estimates the reach of adult literacy and numeracy programmes by skills levels in the adult population. This will help us assess the effects we might expect these programme to have on the overall skills distribution of the population.

    Author(s): David Earle, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: May 2015

  • 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

  • Comparing university tuition fees with PBRF performance

    This report examines the association between the price of bachelors-level tuition at New Zealand universities with the results of the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluation.

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

    Date Published: February 2010

  • Comorbidity and coincidence in the Christchurch and Dunedin longitudinal studies

    This report was prepared for the Ministries of Social Development and Education, and Treasury. It contains information from the Christchurch and Dunedin longitudinal studies on aspects of adolescent adjustment, and analyses to what extent these are associated.

    Author(s): David Fergusson, John Horwood and Nicola Swain-Campbell, Christchurch School of Medicine and Richie Poulton and Barry Miln, Dunedin School of Medicine.

    Date Published: August 2003

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