Preparing for and participating in a consistency review

Any tertiary education organisation (TEO) that has graduates from qualifications listed on the consistency review schedule needs to attend the relevant consistency review. Organisations that do not have graduates but have enrolments may be able to attend the review if there is room available. The qualification developer will also attend the review.

NZQA will confirm the date and venue for the review approximately 2–3 months before the review date. NZQA will send this information to all organisations with approved programmes leading to the qualification.

Space is limited, so only one person per organisation can attend a consistency review.

See the Guidelines for assuring national consistency of graduate outcomes for qualifications listed on the New Zealand Qualification Framework (PDF, 383KB) for more details about the requirements for consistency reviews.

Before the review

Each TEO needs to determine how it knows its graduates have achieved the graduate profile at the level of the qualification.

Before the review, each organisation collects evidence to demonstrate how they know their graduates have achieved the graduate profile. The evidence is reviewed to enable the organisation to answer the evaluation question:

“How well does the evidence provided by the education organisation demonstrate that its graduates match the graduate outcomes at the appropriate threshold?”

In particular, the organisation should :

  • justify the quality of the evidence
  • identify any gaps in the evidence
  • identify areas of possible improvement
  • determine a self-rating.

The findings must be recorded on the TEO self-assessment summary report (DOCX, 67KB).

Each organisation makes a decision that their evidence is sufficient/not sufficient. This is the organisation's self-rating. See page 10 of the Consistency guidelines for more information about self-rating.

Each organisation sends a copy of the completed TEO self-assessment summary report, with supporting evidence, to no later than 10 working days before the review.

Participating in the review

The review is led by an independent reviewer.

One representative from the organisation, with the authority to speak to the evidence, presents the evidence to the consistency review group. Each organisation has 10–15 minutes to present.

When all the organisations have presented, the group determines a graduate threshold for the qualification through a group discussion.

Each organisation will then review its self-rating against this threshold and identify any gaps and changes needed.

The consistency reviewer makes the final decision on sufficiency of evidence and national consistency of the qualification.

After the review

If the evidence is not sufficient either:

  1. The organisation has up to three days to produce evidence it already has but has not produced for the actual review, sending the evidence to  or
  2. If further evidence is needed, the organisation has up to six weeks to produce evidence that arrangements are in place to demonstrate sufficiency. NZQA will remain in contact with the organisation during that time.

These arrangements will be followed up in the organisation's next external evaluation and review.

The consistency review report will be published on the NZQA website. It will include the list of TEOs whose evidence is sufficient.

Further information

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