Chief Executive’s Statement

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is pleased to publish the 2011 Tertiary Education Performance Report. I am encouraged to hear that the inaugural 2010 report proved useful as a reference for many of our stakeholders.

The primary role of TEC is to give effect to the Government’s Tertiary Education Strategy 2010–2015. Creating visibility by publishing comparative performance information is an important part of maintaining the accountability of the tertiary education sector.

Responsiveness, effectiveness and capability are three key dimensions of the performance of tertiary education organisations. These are presented through both financial and educational lenses in this report.

This report presents a snapshot of key aspects of performance for universities, wānanga and institutes of technology and polytechnics, across the respective sectors and for the tertiary sector as a whole. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive picture of performance.

The 2011 Tertiary Education Performance Report builds on the 2010 report and will be further enhanced in coming years as performance information is refined and becomes more readily available. I trust that stakeholders will find the report both useful and informative.

Belinda Clark

Belinda Clark
Chief Executive, Tertiary Education Commission