United's Tertiary Policy
New Zealanders must have access to education at all stages of life, from early childhood through primary, secondary, tertiary education and on to lifelong learning. Education is the key to full participation in the life of the community, to enhanced employment opportunities, to health and well-being and the formation of good relationships. United New Zealand believes education is a public good and must therefore be publicly funded.
Retain tertiary institutions in public
ownership as this is the best way for them to fulfil their
statutory obligations to:
teach and research
account for educational and financial outcomes
protect academic freedom and autonomy
develop and implement strategic plans
report annually to Parliament
Ensure the National Qualifications Framework is linked to tertiary institutions.
Review the structure of tertiary councils. Resolution must be reached through consultation and negotiation to guarantee institutions enjoy flexibility. Ministerial appointments should comprise no more than a third of the councils, and staff and students should retain representation.
Recognise the present range of tertiary
education providers. We are committed to the principles of
institutional autonomy and academic freedom as set out in
the 1989 Education Act. We will not undermine the right of
institutions to manage their educational and financial
affairs and therefore we will not interfere in the setting
Increase core funding for tertiary institutions to 80% of the course costs and indicative triennial funding.
Invest in a greater number of equivalent full-time student (EFT) places for higher degrees.
parental income testing of student allowances for students
over 20 years.
Limit interest on student loan repayments to movements in the CPI (Consumers Price Index) and administration costs.
Develop a system of scholarships for higher degree and diploma students in conjunction with the private sector.
Require tertiary institutions to include policies on disabled students in the charters and to report on these annually.
Tertiary institutions to remain
The structure of Tertiary Councils reviewed.
Increased core funding for tertiary institutions at 80% of the course costs.
More EFT places for higher degrees.
Abolish parental income testing of student allowances for students over 20 years.
Reduced interest on student loan repayments.
A system of scholarships for higher degree and diploma students in conjunction with the private sector.
Tertiary institution policies for students with disabilities.