22 March 2017

Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) has received a Confident rating for educational performance and self-assessment following NZQA’s 2016 external evaluation and review (EER).

The review focused on seven out of 150 programmes and highlighted four areas for improvement based on the evidence collected by NZQA. These are: adding to the collection and analysis of outcomes data; further developing self-assessment reports; engagement of learners at foundation level; and developing internal and external benchmarks for assessing performance.

NZQA’s report noted particular strengths in WelTec’s delivery including the supportive learning environment that students experience.  The report also highlighted the following

  • WelTec ranks highly against the Tertiary Education Commission’s Educational Performance Indicators with 80% student course completions and 69% qualification completions*.  WelTec performs in the top quartile for student retention according to 2016 provisional results.
  • WelTec has a strong reputation for ensuring graduates meet the needs of employers.  Independent research undertaken recently shows more than 90% of employers are satisfied WelTec graduates in 2016 have the knowledge and skills required to do the job they were employed for.
  • WelTec’s long-standing partnership with Te Ātiawa positively contributes to student engagement.  Māori participation rates have increased over recent years to 21% which exceeds the local population profile.
  • The strategic partnership with Whitireia continues to grow with increasing opportunities for learners to engage in tertiary study across the Wellington region.

Recommendations from the EER report for WelTec will be focus points over the coming twelve months.

*Based on indicative TEC information for 2016

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