New models of tertiary education

The issues paper 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 Commission will then meet with a wide range of stakeholders to gather information and feedback in order to prepare the draft report by September.

Submitters can download a Word document listing all the questions from this Issues Paper, and use it as the basis of their submission if they wish.

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The Commission seeks your assistance in gathering ideas, opinions and information to ensure the inquiry is well-informed and relevant. We will keep registered participants informed as the inquiry progresses via email updates at key stages in the inquiry process.

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Due date for initial submissions: 4 May 2016
Release of draft report: September 2016
Draft report submissions due: November 2016
Final report to Government: 28 February 2017

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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