Progression rates

Progression rates

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

‘Progression’ 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 'progression' indicator.

What the indicator shows

The ‘progression’ indicator shows the proportion of students that continue studying at a higher level after completing a qualification at levels 1–4. It also demonstrates how TEOs help successful students move on to higher levels of tertiary education.

Why focus on levels 1–4?

Progression is more important at lower levels of study because students studying at a foundation level may want to use their skills to progress to a higher level of study. (However, students in many lower level courses, in particular trade certificates, expect to move into the workforce rather than higher level study.)

On the other hand, if a student is studying at bachelor or postgraduate level they are more likely to join the workforce than continue studying. At the moment, we can’t measure progression into employment.

This is why we are focusing on levels 1–4. The rates for students above level 4 will vary from organisation to organisation, especially as many aim to get their students into the workforce, rather than into further learning.

Note: This indicator includes those students who progress to a higher level of study at a different tertiary provider.

Overall performance

The following tables compare the progression rate by level of qualification and by type of provider between 2014 and 2016. The rates represent the total number of Student Achievement Component (SAC) and Youth Guarantee(YG) funded students who progress to a higher level of study as a proportion of those who completed a qualification at either level 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Table 1: Rate of SAC funded student progression to higher level study across all tertiary providers by level of qualification. (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)

Year

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

2014

Rate

50%

 45%

34%

28%

EFTS
delivered

3,018

 10,427

 23,843

26,071

2015

Rate

42%

45%

31%

 29%

EFTS
delivered

2,953

 9,659

 21,290

 25,943

2016

Rate

44%

47%

34%

32%

EFTS
delivered

2,223

9,151

20,503

27,098

Table 2: Rate of SAC-funded student progression at Levels 1-4 higher level study by provider type. 
(EFTS = equivalent full-time student)

Year 

 

Universities

Institutes of
Technology and
Polytechnics

Wānanga

Private
Training
Establishments

2014

Rate

50%

35%

36%

32%

 

EFTS
delivered

1,995

28,829

18,371

14,164

2015

 

Rate

66%

34%

32%

34%

EFTS
delivered

2,338

27,391

17,794

12,591

2016

Rate

69%

35%

34%

36%

 

EFTS
delivered

2,399

26,493

18,674

11,410

 

 

 

 

Table 3: Rate of YG-funded student progression to higher level study across all tertiary providers by level of qualification. (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)

Year

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

2014

Rate

51%

37%

31%

EFTS
delivered

2,284

4,777

2,555

2015

 

Rate

51%

33%

37%

EFTS
delivered

2,005

4,717

2,640

2016

Rate

52%

34%

39%

EFTS
delivered

1,745

4,482

2,678

 

 

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 

41%

39%

39%

EFTS
delivered 

2,330 

568 

6,670 

 2015

 

Rate 

48%

23%

37%

EFTS
delivered

2,493 

583 

6,233 

 2016

Rate 

48%

29%

39%

EFTS
delivered

2,449

523

5,909


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