The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to investigate how trends in technology, internationalisation, population, tuition costs and demand for skills may drive changes in models of tertiary education. The Commission has now published an issues paper which outlines some questions the inquiry will consider over the next 12 months, describes the tertiary education system and trends influencing it, and seeks submissions to help the Commission develop its advice and recommendations.
The full list of questions is available as a Word document for easy submission also.
A separate discussion forum has been set up looking at each question individually. Some questions are listed as examples here:
1. Do prospective students have good enough information to enable them to make informed choices about providers and courses? What additional information should be provided? Who should provide it?
2. How does competition for student enrolments influence provider behaviour? Over what attributes do providers compete? Do New Zealand providers compete with one another more or less than in other countries?
3. In what ways and to what extent do employers interact with tertiary providers in New Zealand? Are there practical ways to encourage employers to have greater or more productive involvement in the tertiary education system?
4. What are the implications of new technologies that are predicted to make many currently valuable skills obsolete? Will this change the role of the tertiary education system?
5. What new models of tertiary education are being implemented in universities, ITPs, PTEs and wānanga? How successful have they been?
6. What measures have been successful in improving access, participation, achievement and outcomes for Māori, Pasifika, at-risk youth, those with limited access to traditional campus-based provision, people with disabilities or adults with low levels of literacy or numeracy? What measures have been less successful? Why?
7. What are the barriers to innovation in the tertiary education system? What might happen if those barriers are lowered?
This page is for quick comments rather than full formal submissions. We may use published comments in our reports to give a flavour of people's opinions and perceptions of various issues. Please note that this page is moderated and comments won't appear immediately. We welcome robust, respectful and insightful thoughts and ideas.