Otago tops three indicators

The University of Otago has topped three out of four educational performance indicators in the latest snapshot of the tertiary education sector.

Otago’s strong performance in 2020 came in a year disrupted by Covid-19 and followed a clean sweep of the four indicators in 2019.

It ranked a clear first for overall student qualification completion, first-year retention and progression; in course completion, it ranked third.

The data for 2020, the most recently completed academic year, was released by the Tertiary Education Commission yesterday.

Otago topped three out of four measures in 2017 and 2018.

It also ranked first in the latest round for Maori in three of the four measures and second in the other; it ranked first for Pacific students in one of four, second in two and third in one.

Acting deputy vice-chancellor for academic Prof Pat Cragg welcomed the results, saying supporting students to achieve their potential was "an enduring point to focus" at Otago.

"Our latest result is testament to the huge amount of effort and dedication both staff and students put in during a year that was exceptionally challenging."

The University of Otago’s showing in the latest  performance measures:
  • Course completion rate (91.2%)
  • First-year retention  rate (84.3%)
  • Qualification completion rate (73.3%)
  • Student progression rate to higher level study (95.2%)

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