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The TEC signs off Profiles for 2006

The TEC signs off Profiles for 2006

More than 660 tertiary education organisations’ (TEOs) Profiles have been approved by the Tertiary Education Commission over the past few weeks.

These include Profiles for New Zealand’s eight universities, 20 polytechnics and institutes of technology (ITPs), three wananga, two colleges of education as well as 360 private training establishments (PTEs), 195 secondary schools and 15 Other Tertiary Education Providers, 13 Rural Education Activities Programmes and 38 industry training organisations (ITOs).

All TEOs receiving funding from the TEC are required to have an approved Profile, unless they have been granted an exemption.

Profiles are prepared annually and demonstrate how an organisation gives effect to its Charter, the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) and Statement of Tertiary Education Priorities (STEP).

They set out an organisation’s:

Operating plans, key policies and proposed activities for the next three years

Objectives, performance measures and targets

Short-to-medium-term strategic direction and

Activities for which it seeks or receives TEC funding

They also provide a basis for the TEC and providers to monitor organisational performance.

“Considerable time and effort has gone into developing, negotiating and then approving Profiles, so it is a real achievement for all those involved,” TEC Chief Executive Janice Shiner says.

“This is only the second year that all TEOs have been required to submit a Profile. We realise that continuous improvements need to be made to the process. So, early next year we will be looking at ways to make improvements in time for the next round of Profile development.”

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This year’s Profiles also confirmed the outcome of five education and training reviews carried out by the TEC this year (see separate release).

The TEC reviewed A1J1 certificate and diploma qualifications, one-third of all PTE provision, dive and aviation provision. It also looked at overlapping provision between ITOs and ITPs.

Next year the TEC will review another third of PTE provision as well as qualifications which are provided by ITPs as part of a sub-contracting arrangement.

“It came to our attention when assessing this year’s Profiles that an increasing number of ITPs are using sub-contracting arrangements to provide qualifications outside of their regions,” Janice Shiner says.

“We want to check the quality and relevance of these qualifications and to make sure there isn’t any unnecessary competition or duplication of courses.”


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