The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is pleased to publish the 2012 Tertiary Education Performance Report. It has proved useful as a reference for many of our stakeholders since the first edition was published in 2010.

The primary role of the TEC is to give effect to the Government’s Tertiary Education Strategy. Creating visibility by publishing comparative performance information is an important part of maintaining the accountability of the tertiary education sector.

Responsiveness, effectiveness and capability are three important dimensions of the performance of tertiary education organisations and are presented through both financial and educational lenses in this report.

The report presents a snapshot of key aspects of performance for universities, wānanga and institutes of technology and polytechnics, across the sectors and the tertiary sector as a whole. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive picture of performance.

The 2012 Tertiary Education Performance Report builds on the previous reports and will be further enhanced in coming years as performance information is refined and becomes more readily available.