Part-time study adjustment (for performance-linked funding)

Part-time study adjustment (for performance-linked funding)

Last updated 3 November 2016
Last updated 11/03/2016

The Government wants to ensure that tertiary education organisations (TEOs) continue to provide access to tertiary education for people who are studying part-time.

As people who study full-time tend to do better than those studying part-time, the qualification completion rate is adjusted accordingly. The adjustment is made by working out the percentage of part-time study taking place at each grouped qualification level (the part-time factor) and applying this to the qualification completion rate.

The part-time factor is calculated by comparing the amount of learning that actually occurred with the amount of learning that would have occurred had every student been studying full-time.

The part-time factor is multiplied by the part-time weighting (50%) and the qualification completion rate to give the part-time adjustment:

Part-time adjustment = part-time factor x 50% x qualification completion rate

The part-time adjustment is then added to the qualification completion rate to give the adjusted qualification completion rate:

Adjusted qualification completion rate = qualification completion rate part-time adjustment

 

Table 8: example

Grouped
Qualification
Levels

Indicator 1
Qualification 
Completion

Indicator 2
Course 
Completion

Indicator 3 
Retention
(Completion 
Continuation)

Indicator 4
Progression

Level 1-2

62%

68%

82%

53%

 

Table 9: part-time study

Performance Score 
Level 1-2

% part-time provision 
at level 1-2

Calculation of score for level 1-2 with part- time adjustment

6.7

42%

6.7 = (((62% + (42% x 50% x 62%)) x 0.35)  + (68% x 0.45) + (82% x 0.00) + (53% x 0.20)) x 10