New models of tertiary education

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24 Feb: Issues paper now available.

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 inquiry follows on from the 2014 Innovations in Tertiary Education Delivery Summit, which considered emerging models of tertiary education provision and discussed challenges to shifting away from traditional models. The inquiry will consider how New Zealand’s institutional and policy settings help or hinder the adoption of new models of tertiary education, as well as looking broadly across what new models there are or what might emerge.

The final report to Government is due on 28 February 2017.

Media release: New inquiry: New models of tertiary education

12 Jan: History of tertiary education reforms in New Zealand

This research note was written as a background paper for the New Models of Tertiary Education inquiry. It briefly describes successive reforms to the New Zealand tertiary education system over the last 28 years and draws out some lessons that are likely to remain current into the future. It identifies the main motivations for reforms, how the reforms played out in practice, and how policy makers made adjustments in response. This paper does not represent the views of the Productivity Commission and is made available for background only.

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