New models of tertiary education

Government issues its formal response to the New models of tertiary education report. 

Details of the response are on the Treasury's website.

You can also read Minister Goldsmith's speech about the response.    

The Productivity Commission has completed its inquiry into New models of tertiary education.

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society. As part of the inquiry, the Commission was asked to identify potential barriers to innovation.

The Commission has made a number of recommendations including better quality control and self-accreditation for strong performers; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; better careers education for young people; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers.

Media release: New models of tertiary education are coming, ready or not

Download individual chapters of report

Evaluation of the inquiry

The Commission has now completed an evaluation of its performance in this inquiry. It is important for the Commission to know whether the inquiry had the right focus, the inquiry process was well managed, the Commission’s engagement and the delivery of message was effective, and the analysis and findings and recommendations were of high quality.

The Commission’s evaluation included holding focus groups of inquiry participants run by an independent facilitator, surveying inquiry participants through a survey monkey and commissioning an independent expert evaluation of the inquiry and final report. The results of the survey, the views from the focus groups and the expert review report can be found at the bottom of this page or under Our performance