Briefing to Incoming Minister released

Briefing to Incoming Minister released

Last updated 7 December 2017
Last updated 7 December 2017

The tertiary system needs to be more nimble, responsive and creative, with more innovation in what and how it delivers.

That’s the key message of the Tertiary Education Commission’s (TEC’s) post-election briefing for new Education Minister Chris Hipkins, released today.

The briefing outlines TEC’s role in the tertiary education sector, and its priorities over the next three years, as well as providing an overview of the sector and the organisations involved.

 “We want to make the biggest possible positive difference we can to the prosperity and wellbeing of all New Zealanders,” the briefing states.

The TEC “would welcome the opportunity to invest more flexibly in innovative tertiary provision. We consider that supporting new teaching and learning methods and approaches, and supporting more generally system innovation and change, will improve learner outcomes and bring value to New Zealand.”

Subject to the Minister’s agreement, the Briefing outlines six actions for achieving this goal:

  • Continuing to shift toward investing in outcomes, rather than inputs (eg participation rates) or outputs (eg graduation rates).
  • Using quality information to support decision-making by learners, tertiary education organisations, and the TEC itself.
  • Shaping the future provision of career information, including working with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry of Education and others to shape “a more coherent and aligned careers system”
  • Ensuring the tertiary education system performs for all New Zealanders. The TEC has set a five year goal to achieve tertiary participation and completion patterns for Māori and Pasifika that are the same as other New Zealanders in the tertiary system.
  • Actively managing risks to tertiary education institutions. Particularly institutes of technology and polytechnics face big challenges to their educational and financially sustainability.
  • Engaging employers as an integral part of the skills development system.

TEC Briefing for the Incoming Minister 2017 - Hon. Chris Hipkins