ERIC Number: ED437500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Technical and Scale Efficiency of Vocational Education and Training Institutions: The Case of the New Zealand Polytechnics.
Abbott, Malcolm; Doucouliagos, Chris
Data envelopment analysis, which is designed to assist in identifying best practice performance in the use of resources among a group of like organizations, was used to estimate the technical and scale efficiency of vocational education and training in 25 New Zealand polytechnics serving a total of 94,201 students. The polytechnics' efficiency was also compared to that of a sample of technical and further education (TAFE) institutes in Victoria, Australia. The average level of technical efficiency in the New Zealand polytechnics was high in 1995 and rose slightly in 1996. In terms of scale efficiency, only 4 polytechnics operated with constant returns to scale in 1995, 9 were producing too much output relative to the optimal scale, and 10 were producing too little output. In 1996, 6 of the polytechnics operated with constant returns to scale, 14 were producing too little output, and 1 was producing too much output. Compared with Victoria's TAFE institutes, the New Zealand polytechnics were somewhat less efficient but nevertheless performed relatively well. Although New Zealand's polytechnics have numerous opportunities for improving efficiency, further research is needed before policies attempting to address the problems of technical and scale efficiency are implemented. (Contains 5 tables, 3 figures, and 27 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Delivery Systems, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Efficiency, Foreign Countries, Needs Assessment, Program Effectiveness, Resources, Statistical Analysis, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Center for the Economics of Education and Training, Faculty of Education, Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria, Australia 3168 (Free). Tel: 61-3-9905-9157; Fax: 61-3-9905-9184; Web site: http://www.education.monash.edu.au/centres/CEET.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria (Australia). Centre for the Economics of Education and Training.
Identifiers - Location: Australia; New Zealand