History of tertiary education reforms in New Zealand

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Working paper
RN 2016/1
Ron Crawford
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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.

Tertiary education