Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Whitireia Community Polytechnic

Chair: Roger Sowry
Chief Executive: Don Campbell
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Porirua
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Wellington, Kapiti, Auckland
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
99.5% Teaching and Learning
0.2% Capability
0.3% Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
14.5% Level 1–2
28.7% Level 3–4
13.5% Level 5–6
43.3% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
26.1% Health
17.6% Creative Arts
15.6% Management and Commerce
10.5% Society and Culture
7.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
23.2% Other
Delivery By Subject

Whitireia Community Polytechnic performed well overall educationally in 2011 and was generally above the ITP sector average. Whitireia’s financial performance remained strong in 2011, exceeding most TEC guidelines.

Responsiveness

In 2011, following a public consultation process with key stakeholders, the councils of Whitireia and Wellington Institute of Technology (with agreement from the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment) sought permission to combine the institutions’ councils. The combined council will allow both institutions to explore the benefits of collaboration and a shared strategy, and aims to improve the quality, accessibility and diversity of the tertiary education offered to students in the greater Wellington region. 2011 was also Whitireia’s 25th anniversary, marked by the opening of a new campus in Kapiti and a new look for its Auckland campus.

Whitireia delivered 57 percent of its provision at Levels 5–8, with 43 percent of all provision at Levels 7–8. Delivery at the higher levels continues to increase, with six percent of total delivery at Level 8, while delivery at the lower Levels 3–4 continues to decrease. Fields of study at Whitireia focused on Health (26%), Creative Arts (18%) and Management and Commerce (16%), with 13 percent of total provision being in Whitireia’s three Bachelor of Nursing degrees.

Māori and Pasifika students made up 21 percent and 19 percent of enrolments respectively, both above ITP sector averages. Enrolments of under-25-year-olds, at 45 percent, were below the ITP sector average. Whitireia continued to grow its international focus, with 1,400 full fee-paying EFTS yielding revenue of $15 million in 2011.

Whitireia achieved the majority of the key performance indicators in its 2011 Statement of Service Performance. Where it did not meet targets, its performance nonetheless generally improved compared with 2010.

Effectiveness

In 2011 the effectiveness of Whitireia’s education delivery was evidenced in Whitireia achieving above ITP sector averages across all four of the educational performance indicators. All four indicators improved from previous years, with student retention increasing by more than one-third (from 46% to 64%) in 2011. Whitireia performed above ITP sector averages for the TES priority groups of Pasifika and students under the age of 25. Performance by Māori was lower than the ITP sector average for qualification and course completions, although Māori course completions improved at Whitireia compared with the previous year.

Whitireia received 0.03 percent of the 2011 total allocation for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF), equal to the proportion allocated to it in 2010. It earned PBRF-eligible external research income of $229,416 in 2011, a 15 percent decrease on 2010.

Capability

In 2011, the Whitireia 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 Whitireia council deciding to retain its existing members.

In 2011 Whitireia reported a net surplus of 4.4 percent ($2.6 million), which was down on the 6.1 percent surplus achieved in 2010. Total government revenue dropped by $0.4 million (1.6%) due to a reduction in student numbers, but Whitireia's total revenue increased by 4.1% to $58.5 million.

Whitireia's capital expenditure is expected to average around $7.5 million annually over the next ten years. Most capital spending in 2012 and 2014 is for two large campus development projects costing about $18 million each.

TES Priorities

Participation
2011 Performance Whitireia ITP sector 
Students under 25 45% 51%
Māori 21% 21%
Pasifika 19% 10%
Course Completion
2011 Performance  Whitireia ITP sector 
All  80% 78%
Students under 25 76% 76%
Māori 69% 70%
Pasifika 73% 71%
Qualification Completion
2011 Performance  Whitireia ITP sector 
All 68% 63%
Students under 25 63% 57%
Māori 49% 54%
Pasifika 60% 52%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Whitireia region, 12% were identified as Māori, 8% 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 2,789 2,780 2,725 4%
Students 6,433 4,706 4,230 3%
Educational Performance Indicators 2009 2010 2011 ITP sector
Successful Course Completion 73% 76% 80% 78%
Qualification Completion 56% 65% 68% 63%
Student Retention 49% 46% 64% 49%
Student Progression L1-4 28% 34% 35% 29%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Key Performance Metrics 2009 2010 2011 TEC Minimum Guidelines
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) 3.0% 6.1% 4.4% 3.0%
Net cashflow from operations 117.4% 117.5% 109.9% 111.0%
Liquid funds 28.2% 38.3% 26.7% 8.0%
3-yr average return on property, plant equipment and intangibles 5.5% 7.5% 9.0% 4.5%
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2009 2010 2011 % of 2011 category
Revenue        
Total government revenue $26,829 $26,886 $26,458 45%
Domestic student fees $8,790 $11,239 $11,989 20%
International student fees $10,738 $13,700 $14,910 25%
Other income (including research) $4,825 $4,365 $5,139 9%
Total revenue $51,182 $56,190 $58,496 100%
Expenses        
Personnel $25,763 $28,725 $30,460 54%
Total expenses $49,667 $52,746 $55,916 100%
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $1,515 $3,444 $2,580  
Assets        
Property, plant equipment and intangibles $61,885 $56,815 $62,674 74%
Total Assets $75,420 $80,625 $85,211 100%
Equity (net assets) $62,549 $63,823 $63,513  
Cashflow        
Net cashflow from operations $7,721 $8,441 $5,129  
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $2,581 $2,685 $9,840  
Other        
Staffing FTE 416 444 446  
Total EFTS to Total staff ratio 10:1 10:1 10:1  
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff ratio (academic & tutorial) 18:1 18:1 17:1