Retention rates

Retention rates

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

‘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 2014 and 2016. 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 1-2

Level 3-4

Level 5-6

Level 7-8

Level 9-10

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 

2016 

Rate

59%

64%

58%

83%

88%

EFTS
delivered

11,374

47,602

23,050

124,283

14,424

 

Table 2: Proportion of SAC-funded students retained in study by provider type. (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)

Year

Rate/ EFTS

Universities

Institutes of
Polytechnics and
Technology

Wānanga

Private 
Training 
Establishments

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

2016

Rate

85%

63%

69%

63%

EFTS
delivered

115,439

58,442

23,559

23,292

 

Table 3: Proportion of YG-funded students retained in study across all tertiary providers by level of qualification. (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)

Year

Rate/EFTS

Level 1-2

Level 3-4

2014 

Rate

55%

70%

EFTS
delivered

7,061

2,555

2015 

 

Rate

55%

70%

EFTS
delivered

6,722

2,640

2016 

Rate

54%

69%

EFTS
delivered

6,227

2,678

 

Table 4: Proportion of YG-funded students retained in study by provider type. (EFTS = equivalent full-time student)

Year

Rate/EFTS

Institutes of 
Technology and
Polytechnics

Wānanga

Private
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

2016 

Rate

67%

65%

55%

EFTS
delivered

2,449

523

5,909

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