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ITPs Sharing Data to Improve Education

ITPs Sharing Data to Improve Education

“Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) are sharing data about enrolments, finances and facilities to improve the education that they offer to students, employers and the wider community. A new benchmarking tool involving all 20 ITPs will allow comparisons of activity down to a great level of detail”, said Dave Guerin, ITP New Zealand Executive Director.

“Our members will use the new benchmarking throughout their institutions. Councils will use it compare the performance of their institution with others, and explore the reasons behind the differences. Management will investigate more specific issues of staffing, facilities usage and student achievement. The benchmarking tool will support richer discussions within our sector about how we do things, and how we can do them better.”

“ITP New Zealand is committed to supporting members to use the benchmarking tool to better understand cost structures and results. We will work with them and the tertiary Education Commission to ensure effective implementation of the project.”

The Tertiary Education Commission released details of the project in a media release today. The benchmarking tool is being developed by Tribal Education Ltd. All ITPs have only just become involved and initial results are being tested by them. Full implementation will not occur until 2009.

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