Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

Chair: Mary Bourke
Chief Executive: Richard Handley
Main Campus Key Main Campus
New Plymouth
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
Capability
Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
18.5% Level 1–2
44.5% Level 3–4
28.5% Level 5–6
8.5% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
23.7% Creative Arts
18.6% Engineering and Related Technologies
15.2% Society and Culture
8.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
7.7% Health
26.5% Other
Delivery By Subject

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) improved its overall educational performance compared with 2010. WITT’s financial performance was slightly down on 2010 but remained above TEC guidelines.

Responsiveness

In 2011 WITT continued to work with industry and the community to ensure that its programmes remain relevant and effective. WITT also introduced its Academic Strategy, which aims to provide learning that is responsive to the market and communities, provides an effective and rewarding academic experience for learners and prepares them for employment or further study.

In 2011 around two-thirds (63%) of WITT’s delivery was focused at Levels 1–4 and the rest at Levels 5–8 (37%). Provision at Levels 3–4 continued to increase, with 44 percent of overall provision at these levels. The largest fields of study were Creative Arts (24%), Engineering and Related Technologies (19%) and Society and Culture (15%).

Māori and Pasifika students made up 39 percent and three percent of WITT’s enrolments respectively, both of which increased from 2010 and reflect the region’s demography. Students under the age of 25 made up 45 percent of enrolments, an increase from 2010.

WITT achieved the majority of the targets set out in its Statement of Service Performance for 2011.

Effectiveness

In 2011 the effectiveness of WITT’s education delivery was evidenced in performance above ITP sector averages for qualification completion and student retention. These results were a marked improvement on 2010, with a ten percentage point increase in qualification completions. However, student progression fell by ten percentage points from (23% to 13%) and was below the ITP sector average.

Performance of WITT’s Māori and Pasifika students in 2011 was above ITP sector averages, while performance of students aged under 25 years was below. The performance of all three TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and students under the age of 25) improved over 2010, with the exception of student progression, which decreased at WITT at a rate similar to the ITP sector as a whole.

WITT underwent an external evaluation and review with NZQA in August 2012. It received a ‘highly confident’ rating for its educational performance and a confident rating for the methods and processes that it uses to continuously self-assess.

Capability

In 2011 the WITT 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 WITT council deciding to retain its existing members.

In 2011 WITT reported a net surplus of 5.5 percent ($1.3 million), down on the 11.2 percent surplus achieved in 2010. WITT's total revenue fell by 6.9 percent ($1.7 million) from 2010 to 2011, including a $2.2 million (12.7%) reduction in total government revenue.

TES Priorities

Participation
2011 Performance WITT ITP sector 
Students under 25 45% 51%
Māori 39% 21%
Pasifika 3% 10%
Course Completion
2011 Performance  WITT ITP sector 
All  76% 78%
Students under 25 71% 76%
Māori 79% 70%
Pasifika 79% 71%
Qualification Completion
2011 Performance  WITT ITP sector 
All 70% 63%
Students under 25 62% 57%
Māori 73% 54%
Pasifika 70% 52%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the WITT region, 15% were identified as Māori and 13% as under the age of 25 years. Pasifika population figures were unavailable. (Based on Statistics NZ 2011 population projections)
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments 2009 2010 2011 % of ITP sector
EFTS 1,650 1,744 1,685 3%
Students 3,798 4,035 2,721 2%
Educational Performance Indicators 2009 2010 2011 ITP sector
Successful Course Completion 65% 76% 76% 78%
Qualification Completion 45% 60% 70% 63%
Student Retention 40% 59% 75% 49%
Student Progression L1-4 32% 23% 13% 29%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Key Performance Metrics 2009 2010 2011 TEC Minimum Guidelines
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) 5.1% 11.2% 5.5% 3.0%
Net cashflow from operations 115.4% 122.7% 112.7% 111.0%
Liquid funds 15.0% 32.1% 31.2% 8.0%
3-yr average return on property, plant equipment and intangibles 5.8% 11.5% 14.6% 4.5%
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2009 2010 2011 % of 2011 category
Revenue        
Total government revenue $16,443 $17,687 $15,444 66%
Domestic student fees $4,429 $4,408 $4,938 21%
International student fees $816 $1,119 $1,200 5%
Other income (including research) $1,945 $2,088 $1,974 8%
Total revenue $23,633 $25,302 $23,556 100%
Expenses        
Personnel $10,771 $11,852 $12,015 54%
Total expenses $21,940 $22,477 $22,264 100%
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $1,211 $2,825 $1,292  
Assets        
Property, plant equipment and intangibles $24,956 $23,598 $24,971 77%
Total Assets $28,774 $32,094 $32,620 100%
Equity (net assets) $22,183 $25,054 $25,994  
Cashflow        
Net cashflow from operations $3,248 $4,652 $2,622  
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $893 $1,564 $2,685  
Other        
Staffing FTE 164 150 155  
Total EFTS to Total staff ratio 12:1 13:1 12:1  
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff ratio (academic & tutorial) 24:1 24:1 22:1