Retention rates

Retention rates

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

‘Retention’ 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 'retention' indicator.

What the indicator shows

The ‘retention’ indicator shows the proportion of students in a given year that complete a qualification or re-enrol with the same TEO in the following year.

Although students leave part-way through study for all kinds of reasons, this data gives an indication of how well students are engaged and supported by their tertiary provider. 'Retention' means that students are staying in tertiary study and working toward completing a qualification. These students have a greater chance of completing their qualifications.

Overall performance

The following tables show the retention rate by level of qualification and by type of TEO between 2012 and 2015. The rates represent the proportion of Student Achievement Component (SAC) and funded students in a given year that complete a qualification, or re-enrol at the same organisation in the following year.

 

Table 1: Proportion of SAC-funded students retained in study across all tertiary providers by level of qualification. (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)
Year Level 1-2Level 3-4Level 5-6Level 7-8Level 9-10
2012  Rate  57% 61%  60%  83%  87% 
EFTS
delivered
17,303  51,300  26,587  129,469  12,666 
2013  Rate 61%  65%  62%  83%  88% 
EFTS
delivered
15,514  51,097  25,266  127,708  12,743 
2014  Rate  61% 66%  62%  84%  88% 
EFTS
delivered
13,444  49,914  24,303  126,583  13,424 
2015  Rate 60%  66%  62%  84%  88% 
EFTS
delivered
12,252  47,863  23,437  124,330  13,949 

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Table 2: Proportion of SAC-funded students retained in study by provider type. (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)
YearRate/ EFTSUniversitiesInstitutes of
Polytechnics and
Technology
WānangaPrivate 
Training 
Establishments
2012   Rate  82% 60%  71%  66% 
EFTS
delivered
 118,490 66,886  24,553  27,441 
2013  Rate 84%  64%  73%  67% 
EFTS
delivered
116,660  63,088  24,702  27,889 
2014  Rate 84%  66%  72%  67% 
EFTS
delivered 
115,769 61,194  23,945  26,767 
2015 Rate 84% 66% 71% 66%
EFTS
delivered
114,953 59,715 22,499 24,664

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 Table 3: Proportion of YG-funded students retained in study across all tertiary providers by level of qualification. (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)
YearRate/EFTSLevel 1-2Level 3-4
2014  Rate 55% 70%
EFTS
delivered
7,061 2,555
2015  Rate 55% 70%
EFTS
delivered
6,722 2,640

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 Table 4: Proportion of YG-funded students retained in study by provider type. (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)
YearRate/EFTSInstitutes of 
Technology and
Polytechnics
WānangaPrivate
Training
Establishments
2014  Rate 68% 72% 56%
EFTS
delivered
2,330 568 6,670
2015  Rate 69% 68% 56%
EFTS
delivered
2,493 583 6,233

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