Quality Assurance (including External Evaluation and Review (EER)) Rules 2016 (v3)

11. Categorisation of institutions and ITOs based on statements of confidence

  1. For the purposes of these Rules:
    1. a Category 1 institution or ITO is an institution or ITO that has received, in the most recent EER report published on the NZQA website in respect of that institution or ITO, either of the following statements of confidence:
      1. Highly Confident in educational performance (for ITOs, in organisational performance) and Highly Confident in organisational capability in self-assessment; or
      2. Highly Confident in educational performance (for ITOs, in organisational performance) and Confident in organisational capability in self-assessment:
    2. a Category 2 institution or ITO is an institution or ITO that has received, in the most recent EER report published on the NZQA website in respect of that institution or ITO, either of the following statements of confidence:
      1. Highly Confident in organisational capability in self-assessment and Confident in educational performance (for ITOs in organisational performance); or
      2. Confident in educational performance (for ITOs in organisational performance) and Confident in organisational capability in self-assessment:
    3. a Category 3 institution or ITO is an institution or ITO that has received, in the most recent EER report published on the NZQA website in respect of that institution or ITO, Not Yet Confident in educational performance (for ITOs in organisational performance) or in organisational capability in self-assessment, or Not Yet Confident for both (provided it has not also received Not Confident in either educational performance (for ITOs in organisational performance) or organisational capability in self-assessment):
    4. a Category 4 institution or ITO is an institution or ITO that has received, in the most recent EER report published on the NZQA website in respect of that institution or ITO, Not Confident in educational performance (for ITOs in organisational performance) or in organisational capability in self-assessment, or in both:
    5. a Category withdrawn institution or ITO is an institution or ITO that has received Category withdrawn status following the conclusion of the processes set out in Rules 11.2 – 11.4.
  2. Where, since the publication of the most recent EER report in respect of an institution or ITO, NZQA considers that one or more of the statements of confidence the institution or ITO received in that report (and its categorisation status) no longer applies due to one or more of the serious concerns set out in Rule 11.3, NZQA may, after following the process set out Rule 11.4:
    1. change the categorisation status of the institution or ITO from its existing categorisation to that of Category withdrawn; and
    2. schedule an EER earlier than the frequency set out in Rule 12.1 (except where NZQA became aware of the serious concerns during an EER which has started but not yet concluded).
  3. The serious concerns referred to in Rule 11.2 are:
    1. significant or repeated non-compliance with the Act or with rules made under section 253 of the Act which resulted in NZQA issuing one or more compliance notices, withdrawing one or more statutory permissions, or imposing any statutory conditions:
    2. the taking of any prosecution proceedings:
    3. the financial position or financial performance of the institution or ITO detrimentally impacting on its provision of education or training:
    4. a significant change in circumstances has occurred at the institution or ITO, resulting in NZQA having significantly lower confidence in:
      1. the governance or management of the institution or ITO; or
      2. the ability of the institution or ITO to provide or arrange a sound educational or training environment for its students.
  4. The process NZQA must follow for the purposes of Rule 11.2 is:
    1. NZQA will give written notice to the institution or ITO of NZQA’s intention to change its categorisation status to that of Category withdrawn, and set out which statement or statements of confidence NZQA considers no longer applies due to one or more of the serious concerns set out in Rule 11.3:
    2. NZQA will give the institution or ITO at least 10 working days to respond to the notice:
    3. NZQA will consider any submissions which are made by the institution or ITO within the response period given under paragraph (b):
    4. after considering any submissions under paragraph (c), NZQA will notify the institution or ITO of the decision of NZQA as to whether or not NZQA has changed the categorisation status of the institution or ITO to Category withdrawn and, where NZQA does change the categorisation status to Category withdrawn, begin the process for scheduling an early EER for the purposes of Rule 11.2(b) (except where an EER has been started but not yet concluded).
 
 
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