Reviews

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

This page includes reports of reviews and reports of focussed reviews.

Reports of reviews

In late 2015, we began more in-depth analysis of tertiary education organisation (TEO) data using pattern recognition software. This is now applied to the Single Data Return (SDR), which TEOs submit three times a year, and to other data sources periodically. Each round of data analysis can raise queries and have one of the following outcomes:

  • no concerns
  • minor matters – these are followed up by our investment teams 
  • matters that look unusual – these are followed up by our auditors as part of their annual audit schedule
  • matters of concern – these are followed up more immediately by external contractors (reviews)
  • serious matters – these are investigated immediately (investigations).

It is important to note that when we instigate an audit, review or investigation we do not necessarily believe that a breach of our funding conditions has occurred.

We commissioned seven reviews following the August 2015 SDR analysis. Most of these were as a result of the data analysis, but some were chosen because they had similar characteristics to TEOs where issues had previously been identified.

Four of these (see reports below) have been completed and any issues found were addressed satisfactorily.

The remainder are not yet finalised but will be published when they are.

Reports of focussed reviews

In 2014, a series of focussed reviews were carried out in selected TEOs. The reviews focussed on TEOs that offered programmes with similar features to those found in two previous investigations at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT).  We undertook the focussed reviews to determine whether the issues found in the two investigations were prevalent across the sector. We were pleased that this was not the case.

These features included:

  • a high level of sub-contracting, and/or
  • programmes with very high course and qualification completion rates, and/or
  • courses that had grown very rapidly.  

Review results

Six TEOs had focussed reviews. Five had no significant issues and we took no further action. One (Agribusiness) had issues that required further scrutiny, so we commissioned an investigation.

The reports are as follows: 

*Note: The TEC accepted the findings from an independent report commissioned by Service IQ.