Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today announced that from 2017 all Universities, Wānanga and Polytechnics will be required to publish information about the employment status and earnings of their graduates broken down by specific degrees and diplomas.
“This Government is committed to providing better information to assist students’ decisions. This is important so students can make the most of their time in tertiary education, and because of the significant investment students and taxpayers make,” says Mr Joyce.
This is a great move. User-pays has incentivised universities to get more bums on seats and, in some areas, dumbed-down the level of learning and graduate. But I don't think throwing out user-pays is the solution.
My son (in his last year at Uni) said, "I am going to become a statistic". I observed probably "compulsorily" as with other government surveys. At least this survey will provide really useful information.
Update: A reader sent the following graph which shows 'earning advantages from tertiary vs secondary education ratio'