Graduating year review and special reviews

Graduating year review

Under Rule 12.2 (e) (I), the review of the first graduating year of a programme leading to a degree or post-graduate qualification at levels 7-10 needs to occur as a part of the institution’s annual programme evaluation, and the findings reported. These findings should be included in the information given to the monitor.

The review must include the following:

  • a programme statement with a brief overview of the programme, the extent to which its original aims have been achieved and any changes that have occurred
  • a description of the review process
  • the outcomes of the review process, including the ongoing acceptability of the programme to stakeholders, assessment and learner performance, enrolment and completion data
  • the outcomes of any external evaluations, for example by professional registration bodies or by NZQA external evaluation and review (EER)
  • a statement of intention to continue or discontinue the programme and a rationale for that decision.

Special reviews

Under Rule 19 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013, NZQA retains the right to undertake a special review of an approved programme and/or its delivery by an accredited institution.

NZQA may initiate a special review if it becomes aware of serious or ongoing concerns about the quality and/or stability of a programme or its delivery.

If NZQA has serious concerns about the delivery of a programme following a special review, it may initiate the procedure to withdraw an institution’s accreditation to deliver the programme.

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