9 Sep 2010

Tertiary league tables 'don't tell full story'

11:01 am on 9 September 2010

Tertiary institutions say new league tables of their performance on measures such as course completion do not tell the full story.

The Tertiary Education Commission published the data for government-funded tertiary providers on Thursday.

Among universities, Massey is bottom of every measure, while the Open Polytechnic's qualification completion rate of 21% is the worst of any public tertiary institution.

But the assistant vice-chancellor at Massey, Cas Carter, says its figures are skewed because most of its students study part-time.

Without part-time students, Ms Carter says, Massey's rates are at the mid-point for universities.

The Open Polytechnic had a similar explanation for its figures.