Course completion rates

Course completion rates

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

'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 2012 and 2015. 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 1-2Level 3-4Level 5-6Level 7-8
2012   Rate 77% 79% 78% 86%
EFTS
delivered
17,303 51,300 26,587 129,469
2013  Rate 77%  80%  79%  86% 
EFTS
delivered
15,514 51,097  25,266  127,708 
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 

 

Table 2: YG rate of successful completion of courses across all tertiary providers by level of qualification. (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)
Year Level 1-2Level 3-4
2013 Rate  57% 73% 
EFTS
delivered
5,522 2,018 
2014 Rate 62%  74% 
EFTS
delivered
7,061  2,555 
2015 Rate 63%  76% 
EFTS
delivered
6,722  2,640 

  

 

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

Year

 UniversitiesInstitutes of
Technology and
Polytechnics
WānangaPrivate
Training
Establishments

2012 

Rate 86% 79%  81%  81% 
EFTS
delivered
118,490 66,886  24,553  27,441 
2013  Rate 86%  80%  81%  83% 
EFTS
delivered
116,660  63,088  24,702  27,889 
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 

 

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
WānangaPrivate 
Training
Establishments
2013  Rate 70% 72%  57% 
EFTS
delived
1,983  318  5,196 
2014  Rate  72%  70%  63% 
EFTS
delivered 
2,330  586  6,670 
2015 Rate  73% 71%  64% 
EFTS
delivered
2,493  583  6,233