The University of Otago has once again topped the key Government indicators that measure the educational performance of students at New Zealand’s universities.
Released this week by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), the annual Educational Performance Indicators (EPIs) examine course and qualification completion rates, retention rates and progression to higher levels of study.
According to these measures, Otago ranked a clear first for overall student course completion, qualification completion, and first year retention. In the other measure, progression from sub-degree to degree-level study (an area in which Otago has minimal activity), the university ranked fourth.
Assessing performance over 2018, this being the most recent complete academic year, this excellent result follows Otago also topping three out of four measures in 2017, and a clean sweep of all the key indicators in 2016.
Otago also ranked first in this latest round for both Māori and Pacific student qualification completions, first for Māori student retention, second for Pacific student retention, and second for Māori and Pacific student course completion.
Otago’s acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Associate Professor Pat Cragg, welcomed the strong showing of Otago in the latest indicators.
“Supporting our students to achieve to their potential is a key point of focus here at Otago. That we continue to dominate these rankings comes as no surprise given the excellence of our teaching staff and our learning environments, and the hard work our students put into their studies.
“The timing of this news is especially fitting, as our undergraduate students have returned to study this week after a break that started when they completed their first semester exams.”
Otago’s showing across the latest TEC performance measures:
• Course completion rate (89 per cent)
• First-year retention rate (84 per cent)
• Qualification completion rate (73 per cent)
• Student progression rate to higher level study (89 per cent).