Progression rates

Progression rates

Last updated 11 November 2016
Last updated 11/11/2016

‘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 2012 and 2015. 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 1Level 2Level 3Level 4
2012  Rate 36% 41% 35% 30%
EFTS
delivered
2,462 14,679 23,081 28,207
2013 Rate 38% 42% 36% 28%
EFTS
delivered
2,888  12,627  23,890 27,208
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

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Table 2: Rate of SAC-funded student progression at Levels 1-4 higher level study by provider type. (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)
Year  UniversitiesInstitutes of
Technology and
Polytechnics
WānangaPrivate
Training
Establishments
2012 Rate 62% 37% 35% 27%
  EFTS
delivered
2,516 32,316 20,093 13,504
2013 Rate 49% 36% 36% 28%
  EFTS
delivered
2,299 29,900 19,573 14,838
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

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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 1Level 2Level 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

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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
 2014  Rate  41% 39% 39%
EFTS
delivered 
2,330  568  6,670 
 2015 Rate  48% 23% 37%
EFTS
delivered
2,493  583  6,233 

 

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