Course completion rates

Course completion rates

Last updated 18 September 2017
Last updated 09/18/2017

'Course completion’ is one of the indicators we use to measure the performance of tertiary education organisations (TEOs). This page includes performance data by year and provider type using the 'course completion' indicator.

What the indicator shows

The ‘course completion’ indicator shows the proportion of courses that were successfully completed in a given year. It is a short-term indication of how successful TEOs are in helping their students to complete courses.

Courses are usually parts of qualifications and are sometimes referred to as ‘papers’. Some TEOs, however, offer a single year-long course which results in a qualification. In this case, students complete both their course and their qualification.

Passing courses is important in terms of gaining knowledge and skills, and because it contributes towards finishing a qualification.

Successful course completion is important across all levels of study, with the exception of Masters and Doctorate degrees (levels 9–10). At these levels, qualifications tend to be built around research-based work, rather than individual courses. That’s why we don’t publish course completion rates for those types of qualifications.

Overall performance

The following tables show the course completion rate by level of qualification between 2014 and 2016. The rates are for Student Achievement Component (SAC) and Youth Guarantee(YG) funded students.

Table 1: SAC rate of successful completion of courses across all tertiary providers by level of qualification (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)

Year

 

Level 1-2

Level 3-4

Level 5-6

Level 7-8

2014 

Rate

74% 

80% 

79% 

86% 

EFTS
delivered

13,444 

49,914 

24,303 

126,583 

2015 

Rate

74% 

78% 

79% 

86% 

EFTS
delivered

47,863 

47,863 

23,437 

124,330 

2016 

Rate

72%

76%

79%

87%

EFTS
delivered

11,374

47,602

23,050

124,283

Table 2: YG rate of successful completion of courses across all tertiary providers by level of qualification. (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)

Year

 

Level 1-2

Level 3-4

2014

Rate

62% 

74% 

EFTS
delivered

7,061 

2,555 

2015

Rate

63% 

76% 

EFTS
delivered

6,722 

2,640 

2016

Rate

62%

75%

EFTS
delivered

6,227

2,678

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 3: SAC rate of successful completion of courses in each sub-sector by provider type (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)

Year

 

Universities

Institutes of
Technology and
Polytechnics

Wānanga

Private
Training
Establishments

2014 

Rate

86% 

80% 

80% 

84% 

EFTS
delivered

115,769 

61,194 

23,945 

26,767 

2015 

Rate

86% 

80% 

79% 

81% 

EFTS
delivered

114,953 

59,715 

22,499 

24,664 

2016 

Rate

86%

79%

77%

80%

EFTS
delivered

115,439

58,442

23,559

23,292

Table 4: YG rate of successful completion of courses in each sub-sector by provider type (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)

 Year

 

Institutes of
Technology and
Polytechnics

Wānanga

Private 
Training
Establishments

2014 

Rate 

72% 

70% 

63% 

EFTS
delivered 

2,330 

586 

6,670 

2015

Rate 

73%

71% 

64% 

EFTS
delivered

2,493 

583 

6,233 

2016

Rate 

74%

61%

63%

EFTS
delivered

2,449

523

5,909

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