Monitoring performance and reporting

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Last updated 4 November 2016
Last updated 11/04/2016

At the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC), we monitor and support the performance of the tertiary education organisations (TEOs) we fund.

We do this to make sure they’re delivering the programmes outlined in their Investment Plans and to review their overall performance and financial viability from the point of view of the Government as an investor. TEOs also have to meet certain reporting requirements.

Monitoring Investment Plans and compliance

Together with each TEO, we monitor the delivery and performance commitments set out in their Investment Plan. We also monitor the courses, qualifications, programmes and number of enrolments each TEO has committed to in their Investment Plan.

Plan Guidance

We monitor each TEO for how well it is delivering on the priority outcomes of the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES), its compliance with legislation and regulation and its compliance against other TEC funding conditions. We also monitor and audit the financial and non-financial performance of TEOs. This work helps us to make informed funding allocation decisions.

Tertiary Education Strategy  

We use several tools to monitor compliance against funding conditions, legislation and regulations. This includes the use of pattern recognition software to help inform our monitoring programme.

At times our monitoring of TEOs requires us to review or investigate specific TEOs, either because we have concerns or because we have received a complaint.

In some cases, we commission an external consultancy to carry out a review and/or more in-depth investigation of processes and procedures at that TEO.

Audits, reviews and investigations 

Reporting on performance

TEOs have to meet certain reporting requirements and:

  • monitor their progress towards the commitments agreed in their Investment Plan

  • collect evidence and send it to us, to show how they’re meeting their commitments

  • provide financial performance information.

We use this information to understand how well individual TEOs, and the sector as a whole, are progressing. We publish some comparative educational performance and outcomes information on our website, including the Tertiary Education Performance Report and Educational Performance Indicators.

We collect financial performance information from TEOs, and, in the case of tertiary education institutions (TEIs) only, publish this information annually on our website. 

We also monitor financial information from private training establishments (PTEs) we fund. As this information is from independent providers it is treated as "commerical, in confidence" and is not published.

Sector performance and tertiary education performance reports 
Performance of tertiary education organisations
Financial monitoring of tertiary education institutions

Financial monitoring and reporting

We monitor the financial and operational performance of TEIs, industry training organisations (ITOs) and private training establishments (PTEs).

Monitoring TEIs

We monitor the financial and operational performance of TEIs. TEIs are Crown entities and include universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics, and wānanga.

Our monitoring takes into account governance and sustainability as well as the Crown’s ownership interest.

Financial monitoring of TEIs also informs the statutory interventions framework and helps to inform funding and investment decisions.

Financial Monitoring for TEIs

Monitoring ITOs

We monitor the financial and operational performance of ITOs, using the ITO Financial Monitoring Guidelines.

Financial Monitoring of ITOs

Monitoring PTEs

We also monitor the financial and operational performance of PTEs using a tiered reporting system.

Financial viability requirements for TEC-funded PTEs

Other organisations involved in monitoring

Other organisations are also involved in monitoring performance in tertiary education.

  • The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) monitors individual TEOs’ effectiveness in providing quality education.

  • The Ministry of Education monitors sector performance as a whole, especially progress towards the achievement of the TES.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Ministry of Education