Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

Chair: Jenn Bestwick
Chief Executive: Kay Giles
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Christchurch City
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Waltham (Christchurch)
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
98.5% Teaching and Learning
0.7% Capability
0.8% Research
Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
10.5% Level 1–2
21.2% Level 3–4
21.7% Level 5–6
46.6% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
22.7% Health
16.5% Creative Arts
12.9% Management and Commerce
11.6% Society and Culture
11.2% Architecture and Building
25.1% Other
Delivery By Subject

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) performed strongly in 2011, an excellent result given the significant effects of the February 2011 earthquakes on the institution.

Responsiveness

As CPIT is primarily located in the central city, the effects of the February 2011 earthquakes were profound and caused significant and ongoing disruption for students and staff. CPIT staff responded swiftly to the events and were able to re-establish the vast majority of programmes in a short period of time by making use of community facilities and other tertiary institutions across Canterbury. Since the earthquakes, CPIT has significantly reconfigured its educational provision to support the rebuild of Christchurch. CPIT also formed a memorandum of understanding with the Canterbury District Health Board, the University of Canterbury and the University of Otago to enhance management and leadership-related curricula and increase the health workforce.

In 2011 CPIT had a decrease of 574 EFTS, primarily at Levels 3–4 (408 fewer EFTS at those levels). The decrease can, at least in part, be attributed to the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

In 2011 CPIT’s delivery was focused largely on Levels 7–8, with 47 percent of provision occurring at these levels. The main fields of study were Health (23%), Creative Arts (17%) and Management and Commerce (13%). The majority of students were aged 25 and under, and Māori and Pasifika participation reflected the local demography. In 2011, CPIT had 561 full fee-paying international EFTS (1,192 students).

CPIT achieved well on the key performance indicators in its 2011 Statement of Service Performance and exceeded a number of targets. This was particularly impressive given the impact of the earthquakes.

Effectiveness

In 2011 CPIT achieved above the ITP sector average across all four educational performance indicators. Qualification completions increased from 63 percent in 2010 to 71 percent in 2011. Performance for under-25-year-olds and Māori were all above the sector average, except for student progression. Pasifika students’ performance decreased overall in 2011, with drops in qualification completion and student progression. However, the measurement of these changes is affected by the small volume of Pasifika students at CPIT and the higher number of enrolments at Levels 4 and above.

NZQA completed CPIT’s external evaluation and review in 2012. It gave CPIT a ‘highly confident’ rating for its educational performance and a ‘confident’ rating for the methods and processes that CPIT uses to continuously self-assess.

CPIT received $153,106 in Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) funding in 2011, down 41 percent on 2010. This was 0.16 percent of the 2011’s total allocation for the PBRF, a decrease from its 0.17 percent share in 2010.

Capability

In 2011 the CPIT council re-assessed the capability of its membership following the reconstitution of ITP councils, which had restricted council-appointed members to an initial term of one year. The assessment resulted in the CPIT council deciding to appoint two new members.

In 2011 CPIT reported a net surplus of 6.7 percent ($5.7 million), down on the 11.7 percent surplus achieved in 2010. CPIT’s total revenue decreased by 3.4 percent ($3.0 million) from 2010 to 2011, which was directly attributable to lower student numbers. Total government revenue increased in 2011 by $2.1 million (4.2%) due to a Canterbury earthquake-relief exemption on meeting EFTS delivery in the face of lower domestic student numbers.
The cost of remediation work after the February earthquakes is still being established, but is expected to be covered by insurance proceeds. The Council is also investigating the seismic strength of its buildings. Capital expenditure until 2015 is focussed on earthquake remediation work and replacing and refurbishing assets. A small amount is also planned to improve the functionality of assets from 2015 onwards.

TES Priorities

Participation
2011 Performance CPIT ITP sector 
Students under 25 62% 51%
Māori 8% 21%
Pasifika 2% 10%
Course Completion
2011 Performance  CPIT ITP sector 
All  85% 78%
Students under 25 84% 76%
Māori 75% 70%
Pasifika 70% 71%
Qualification Completion
2011 Performance  CPIT ITP sector 
All 71% 63%
Students under 25 68% 57%
Māori 59% 54%
Pasifika 28% 52%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the CPIT region, 7% were identified as Māori, 2% as Pasifika, and 15% as under the age of 25 years. (Based on Statistics NZ 2011 population projections)
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments 2009 2010 2011 % of ITP sector
EFTS 5,280 5,076 4,502 7%
Students 14,945 11,546 8,725 6%
Educational Performance Indicators 2009 2010 2011 ITP sector
Successful Course Completion 78% 81% 85% 78%
Qualification Completion 54% 63% 71% 63%
Student Retention 44% 44% 53% 49%
Student Progression L1-4 26% 31% 30% 29%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Key Performance Metrics 2009 2010 2011 TEC Minimum Guidelines
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) 10.8% 11.7% 6.7% 3.0%
Net cashflow from operations 126.2% 121.2% 115.9% 111.0%
Liquid funds 43.1% 49.3% 48.6% 8.0%
3-yr average return on property, plant equipment and intangibles 8.3% 8.7% 7.9% 4.5%
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2009 2010 2011 % of 2011 category
Revenue        
Total government revenue $48,806 $49,925 $52,045 61%
Domestic student fees $17,447 $19,395 $18,686 22%
International student fees $8,463 $9,895 $7,292 9%
Other income (including research) $10,182 $8,638 $6,815 8%
Total revenue $84,898 $87,853 $84,838 100%
Expenses        
Personnel $47,434 $48,697 $51,376 65%
Total expenses $75,746 $77,568 $78,799 100%
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $9,152 $10,285 $5,720  
Assets        
Property, plant equipment and intangibles $166,198 $168,112 $190,656 82%
Total Assets $202,295 $210,859 $233,649 100%
Equity (net assets) $176,645 $186,997 $215,332  
Cashflow        
Net cashflow from operations $18,263 $14,946 $11,757  
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $4,552 $7,541 $5,483  
Other        
Staffing FTE 752 752 757  
Total EFTS to Total staff ratio 8:1 8:1 7:1  
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff ratio (academic & tutorial) 16:1 16:1 14:1