CPIT tops New Zealand for 2014 course completion rates

CPIT tops New Zealand for 2014 course completion rates

CPIT has once again emerged as a top institute for successful course completion in New Zealand.

The Tertiary Education Commission's 2014 Performance of Tertiary Education Organisations has just been released and reports that CPIT has for the fourth year maintained an average completion rate of 84 per cent over all courses.

CPIT was first equal with Whitireia Community Polytechnic, both achieving 84 per cent.

The Christchurch-based institute also recorded the second highest rate in New Zealand of student progression to higher level study at a rate of 43 per cent.

CPIT chief executive Kay Giles said it was satisfying to see the institute continuing to perform so well.

"The educational performance indicators (EPIs) prove that even with nearly full employment in the Canterbury region, CPIT is still maintaining its successful course completion rates, which speaks volumes for our retention and engagement of students over the full range of courses and programmes."

In the Youth Guarantee scheme, which is targeted at secondary school leavers, CPIT recorded a 58 per cent student progression to further study after completing a level 1-4 qualification, behind UNITEC on 67 per cent and Aoraki Polytechnic with 59 per cent.

Responding to the report, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said in a media release that results for Youth Guarantee learners had improved across all Tertiary Education Organisations since 2013. Course completion rates increased from 61 per cent to 66 per cent, while qualification completion rates jumped from 52 per cent to 60 per cent.

"The improvement in completion rates for Youth Guarantee learners is a good result as these are hard to reach learners who either have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from conventional schooling. This Government remains committed to providing a range of learning opportunities that ensure all young New Zealanders have the skills they need to prosper and contribute to their communities," Joyce said.