One of ITP Quality's functions, since
2000, has been academic audit in the ITP (Institutes of Technology
and Polytechnics) sector. In the past three years there has
been a shift in the focus of external Quality Assurance, to
allow ITPs to manage their own quality assurance and academic
The ITP Quality audit process is based on the 12
ITP New Zealand academic standards which were developed by the
ITP sector. The first round of audits completed by ITP Quality
in 2001 were focus audits against ITP New Zealand Standard 2:
Development Of Qualifications And Educational Programmes.
The second round of academic audits began in 2001 and will be
completed by end of 2004. These audits are against all of the
ITP New Zealand Academic standards.
The audit process
allows for a team of 3 or 4 auditors to be appointed to each
Institution. All teams consist of a Lead Auditor, an Academic
Auditor (from the ITP sector) and an Industry/Community Auditor.
Those Polytechnics teaching at degree level are also required
to have an NZQA Auditor on the audit team. The academic audit
visit takes 3-5 days on site at the ITP, with the team examining
a cross-section of up to 12 selected programmes.
When an Institution has successfully met the twelve standards,
ITP Quality grants the award of “Quality Assured Status” for
a period of four years. Provisional Quality Assured Status may
be granted to Institutions that have
met all of the standards but where significant corrective action
is required on a high risk non-compliance. Provisional Quality
Assured Status is usually granted for twelve months once the
high risk non-compliances have been eliminated and requires
the Institution to undergo another full audit within that twelve