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Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand - First Follow-Up Descriptive Report and Summary Report 2016

30 June 2016 | publications

The Follow-up Summary Report 2016 is available here

The Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand - First Follow-Up Descriptive Report 2016 is available here.


The Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand (GLSNZ) appears to be the most comprehensive longitudinal lifecourse study of graduate outcomes to date (please see the GLSNZ Baseline Report1 for a review of the international literature).

A total of 8,719 final-year university students from across New Zealand’s eight universities participated in the 2011 GLSNZ Baseline Survey. These students are broadly representative of the approximately 35,000 students who graduated from New Zealand universities in that year. In 2014, approximately 2.5 years after completing the Baseline Survey, participants were invited to complete the First Follow-up Survey. From the Baseline Cohort of 8,719, a total of 6,104 respondents (70%) participated in the First Follow-up Survey (henceforth referred to as the Follow-up Cohort).3

A broad range of men and women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, fee-paying statuses, and course types completed a lengthy online survey of 600+ questions that took, on average, 45 minutes to complete (interquartile range = 36 to 60 minutes). The length is considerably longer than typically seen in this type of research.

The breadth and depth of this body of data is to be examined in detail and used to form the basis of a number of ongoing investigations. Specifically, GLSNZ investigators will initially examine: (i) Labour market outcomes and their mediators/moderators; (ii) issues of ethnicity and tertiary success, with particular emphasis on experiences of and outcomes for Māori and Pasifika learners; (iii) experiences of international students and the overseas export industry value of tertiary education in New Zealand; and (iv) the social benefits/good associated with aspects of university study.

Over time, the GLSNZ will provide critical information to both universities and government policy makers who are seeking robust information on the cost-effectiveness of their significant financial investment in university education by determining how this contributes to the social and economic goals of individual graduates and New Zealand society as a whole.