Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Aoraki Polytechnic

Chair: Janie Annear from May 2014
(Kevin Cosgrove to April 2014)
Chief Executive: Alex Cabrera (Acting)
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Timaru
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Ashburton, Oamaru, Christchurch, Dunedin
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
0.0% Research
0.0% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
27.4% Level 1–2
47.3% Level 3–4
25.2% Level 5–6
0.0% Level 7–8
0.0% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
23.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
14.2% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
12.0% Society and Culture
11.3% Creative Arts
11.3% Management and Commerce
27.6% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2013 Aoraki Polytechnic (Aoraki) shifted its delivery towards higher-level qualifications but continued to perform below sector averages on most educational performance indicators. Aoraki also had a challenging year financially following a significant reduction in enrolments.

Responsiveness

In a combined report, Chair Kevin Cosgrove and Chief Executive Alex Cabrera highlighted a number of Aoraki’s achievements for 2013. Of particular note was the development of a strategic business case and new organisational structure, as well as the polytechnic’s continued implementation of a new finance system and strengthening key collaborations with other institutions. Aoraki also undertook a major assessment of the agricultural sector’s educational needs.

Aoraki’s total EFTS volume dropped significantly, by 53 percent (634 EFTS) on the previous year. The majority of this reduction (339 EFTS) was across Levels 1–2, which decreased by eight percentage points compared with 2012. The largest share of Aoraki’s total delivery was at Levels 3–4 (47%), with the remainder at Levels 1–2 (28%) and Levels 5–6 (25%). The main fields of study were Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (24%), Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (14%), and Society and Culture (12%).

Compared with Aoraki’s TES priority group (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) participation for 2012, the 2013 rates increased for under-25-year-olds (five percentage points), remained unchanged for Māori (15%) and dropped for Pasifika (two percentage points). Participation of under-25-year-olds was above the ITP sector average and, rates for Māori and Pasifika were above the region’s demographic. Aoraki had 37 Youth Guarantee EFTS (38 students) and 12 full-fee paying international EFTS (41 students).

EffectivenessTop

Aoraki was above the ITP sector average for student retention, with an increase of eight percentage points compared with 2012. Aoraki’s course and qualification completion decreased compared with 2012 (four and eight percentage points respectively). Student progression remained at the same level as the previous year. Aoraki’s decline on some measures may be the result of a shift in provision toward higher-level qualifications away from short courses, following a steep drop in delivery at Levels 1–2.

Performance by the TES priority groups fell in 2013 compared with the previous year. The TES priority groups were all below the ITP sector average for course completion but above for student retention. Qualification completion was above the ITP sector average for under-25-year-olds but below the averages for Māori and Pasifika, both of which dropped on 2012 levels.

Financial performanceTop

In 2013 Aoraki had a net deficit of $3.1 million (-18.3%) compared to a $0.2 million surplus in 2012 (a decline of $3.1 million). Total revenue fell by $6.9 million primarily owing to a $6.4 million reduction in government funding due to a decrease in enrollments. Total expenditure reduced by $3.8 million, mainly owing to reduced salary and wage costs ($2.6 million). Total assets remained significant, at $56.9 million, despite decreasing by $0.6 million from 2012 to 2013.

Graeme McNally and Craig O’Connor were both reappointed by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment in 2013, for two-year terms.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2013 Performance Aoraki
Polytechnic
ITP sector
Students under 25 59% 52%
Māori 15% 23%
Pasifika 3% 11%
Course Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance Aoraki
Polytechnic
ITP sector
All  75% 80%
Students under 25 74% 78%
Māori 64% 75%
Pasifika 58% 73%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  Aoraki
​Polytechnic
ITP sector
All 69% 73%
Students under 25 67% 66%
Māori 55% 65%
Pasifika 53% 59%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Aoraki region, 6% identified as Māori, 2% as Pasifika, and 18% as under the age of 25 years (based on Census 2013).
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2013 % of ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 2% 1,994 1,821 1,187
SAC Students 2% 4,798 4,248 2,454
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 2% - - 37
YG Students 1% - - 38
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Successful Course Completion 80% 80% 78% 75%
Qualification Completion 73% 68% 77% 69%
Student Retention 64% 48% 67% 72%
Student Progression L1-4 36% 17% 21% 21%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector     2013
Successful Course Completion 70%     81%
Qualification Completion 60%     83%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2011 2012 2013
Revenue      
Total government revenue $17,344 $16,575 $10,114
Domestic student fees $3,402 $3,234 $2,868
International student fees $347 $417 $166
Other income (including research) $3,547 $3,438 $3,651
Total revenue $24,640 $23,664 $16,798
Expenses      
Personnel $12,865 $12,343 $9,733
Total expenses $26,300 $23,638 $19,869
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) -$1,660 $26 -$3,071
Assets      
Property plant equipment and intangibles $27,261 $26,268 $24,908
Total Assets $56,383 $57,509 $56,887
Equity (net assets) $53,505 $53,387 $50,351
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $64 $3,711 $1,659
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $2,391 $1,118 $385
Other      
Staffing FTE 185 175 150
Total EFTS to Total Staff FTE ratio 12 : 1 12 : 1 9 : 1
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff FTE ratio (academic & tutorial) 19 : 1 22 : 1 17 : 1