Performance of tertiary education organisations

Ngā Whakatutukitanga a ngā Kura Mātauranga Matua

Last updated 14 July 2022
Last updated 14 July 2022

This section gives you a snapshot of how the tertiary education sector is performing – by individual organisation, type of organisation, and overall.

You’ll also find information on how we calculate performance, including the current methodologies we have developed for some of the educational performance indicators (EPIs).

You can see:

Educational performance reports on individual tertiary education organisations (TEOs) 

EPI interactive charts are available using our current methodology (2016 onwards). You can also use the charts to see EPI information on the type of TEO and the sector. 

For providers arranging industry training, EPIs are provided in PDF reports using our:

  • current methodology from 2016 onwards
  • previous methodology from 2009 to 2017

What are the levels of study?

Every New Zealand qualification receives a level on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). This is based on the complexity of learning, with level one being the least complex and level 10 the most complex. 

Qualification types on the NZQF

Level

Certificate

Diploma

Degree

10

 

 

Doctoral Degree

9

 

 

Master's Degree

8

Postgraduate Certificate

Postgraduate Diploma

Bachelor Honours Degree

7

Graduate Certificate

Graduate Diploma

Bachelor's Degree

6

Certificate

Diploma

 

5

Certificate

Diploma

 

4

Certificate

 

 

3

Certificate

 

 

2

Certificate

 

 

1

Certificate

   

How enrolments influence performance

The nature of enrolments at each organisation influences its performance. For example, part-time and extra-mural students often have work or family commitments, which may mean they devote less time and energy to their studies. They might also have different study goals.

Note that external factors such as the Canterbury earthquakes or Covid-19 may have negative impacts on an organisations ability to deliver courses and enrolment numbers, which may in turn affect educational performance.

The full impact on EPIs can be evident for several years as cohort-based EPIs, particularly qualification completion, are confirmed.

Tertiary Education Strategy (TES)priority groups

Through the TES and our other sector guidance, we set expectations for the performance of tertiary education organisations (TEOs). We prioritise an outcomes focus, especially for traditionally underserved groups including Māori and Pacific Peoples. Our information shows how those groups performed compared to all students.